I'm looking for a good scanner to convert my library of certain books and magazines into OCR'd PDFs, so something that can run b&w or grayscale text images quickly, has a frame that's flush to glass plate, a lid that's easy to get out of the way for thick books, and maybe an bigger than 8.5"x11" scan area would be ideal.
Up until now I've been using an Epson Perfection 1240U, which has a 8.75"x12" scan area, but is slow and noisy to run continuously. Plus the underside of the glass is in pretty bad shape. (I don't want to risk taking it apart to clean it until I have another scanner to take it's place.)
So, if anyone here has had good experiences with a particular scanner doing this kind of work, I'd love to hear your recommendations!