The best choice for your valuable collection


The scanning of old, valuable book collections such as illuminated manuscripts and incunabula poses particular demands on the equipment and the operators with regard to care, quality and ergonomics. At the same time, the productivity is becoming increasingly important for the implementation of digitization projects with sensitive and vulnerable originals.

With the book2net Cobra, available as A1 or A2 system, we have developed a high- performance scanner with a computer-controlled precision drive that guarantees extremely gentle digitization, meets ergonomic requirements and at the same time enables high productivity.

The preservation approved book cradle with variable glass plates, the modular lighting unit and programmable control modules make the book2net Cobra a uniquely versatile scanning system – precisely adjustable to the specific requirements of your valuable originals.


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Cobra Features

High-performance sensor

  • Dual CMOS area sensor technology
  • Selectable options: M70 (400 ppi)/M150 (600 ppi)
  • 0.3 sec. scanning time (2 x A2 color at 400 ppi)
  • 3.5 sec. processing time (scannen + imaging + storage)
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Optimized for OCR applications due to reduced signal noise


  • Schneider-Kreuznach precision lens
  • Depth of field 8 cm
  • Brilliant color rendering
  • Optical book fold optimization
  • Perfect linearity
  • Distortion-free
  • Long durability

LED illumination

  • Dual lighting unit (individually or synchronously controllable)
  • Cold light LEDs
  • Uniform illumination thanks to Fresnel lenses
  • Stepless regulation of the light emission angle
  • Constant wavelength
  • Stable color temperature
  • Light intensity <= 2,500 lux
  • Illumination time <= 0.6 sec.
  • Glare-free, UV/IR free (in accordance with EN60825-1)
  • Long service life (10,000 working hours)
  • Low energy consumption < 100 VA

Book cradle

  • 110° opening angle
  • Height adjustment up to 15 cm (optional up to 25 cm)
  • Spine exemption up to 10 cm in width (optional 20 cm)
  • Spine exemption up to 8 cm in depth
  • Profile lifting column for precise height adjustment
  • Load capacity up to 180 kg
  • Variable coating on requirement
  • Preservation approved

V-shape glass plate

  • Preserves originals
  • Self-opening & -closing
  • Process-controlled glass plate
  • Book size-dependant traverse paths
  • Adjustable pressure sensitivity
  • Sensitive, fully electronic pressure control
  • Non-reflecting glass (museum glass optional)


  • PLC control with high-precision linear drive (1/100 mm precision)
  • Programmable scanning processes
  • Book size-dependent traverse paths
  • Adjustable opening angles
  • Process-controlled pressure
  • Sensitive, fully electronic pressure control
  • Variable control:
    • fully automatic
    • semi-automatic
    • manual
    • time-controlled
    • user-controlled

Software & Features

  • Live Video Preview
  • Easy Scan / bookScan professional scanning software
  • OCR (optional)
  • Live Control Professional (optional)

Color management

Integrated true color management:
METAMORFOZE, FADGI, ISO/TS 19264:1 2017 standard regarding color quality, resolution, noise & linearity


  • No UV / IR radiation
  • No ozone, no emissions
  • No heat load
  • Lowest noise emission
  • Low-Energy-Control (LEC)
  • Energy-saving
Digitization of the Gutenberg Bible by an employee of the museum


The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz and the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana in Cologny near Geneva also rely on book2net Cobra to digitize their valuable collections.

Case Study Gutenberg Bible Mainz Case Study Bodmeriana
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