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Atiz: Scanning One Page at a Time

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Atiz: Scanning One Page at a Time

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Nick Warnock, president of Atiz, is the first to admit that "necessity is the mother of invention." He started out working with Xerox copiers (hardware and software) before showcasing his innovative sales and marketing skills as a finalist on the TV show The Apprentice.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Sarasin Booppanon wanted to create a bit of innovation of his own. As he was working on his Ph.D. at George Mason University in Virginia, Booppanon had grown weary of photocopying chapters from library books during his college years. So after he graduated, he teamed up with Jackrit Suthakorn, Ph.D., a robotics and print materials guru, to create an automated page-turning scanner in Bangkok, Thailand. The year was 2005. By 2006, Booppanon, who was an avid Apprentice viewer, arranged to have Warnock set up an office in Los Angeles to bring Atiz to the U.S. Today, Atiz has several digital scanners at different price points to fit just about any budget, all designed to give smaller libraries and institutions the ability to digitize their own collection of books and papers.

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And the company is growing. "We're up 17% from last year at this time," says Warnock. The company's two biggest stars are the BookDrive DIY (aka Do-It-Yourself) and the BookDrive Pro. …

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