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... I've only scanned in the front matter (table of contents, etc) and the first 9 pages and yet it's already 5 MB in size. ... I've seen PDF files of textbooks that are much smaller ...
Scanning text documents is a relatively smooth process that does not take a lot of time. The lowest DPI that is needed for the scanned text to display and print properly is 300 DPI. If the text is going to be reprinted, a DPI setting of 600 or better is ideal. When saving text documents it is best to save the files as .PDF (portable document format). If you want to edit the text, use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature on your scanner.
Storing a page of text as an image will take up MUCH more memory than having the text as a text-file , ( like a word processor document ).