About The Paper Upgrade Project in Portland, Oregon

Paper Upgrade Project

NOTE:We have compiled a brief Overview of the Paper Upgrade Project to explain how things work.

The Mission

Our mission is to educate the public, encourage literature, and improve the environment by promoting learning in the digital age.

The Team

Sean Wingert: President and Board Member. Sean Wingert is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) who works as an Information Technology (IT) Director. He has written open-source software to generate PDF files from captured images.

Karen Rodriguez: Board Member. Karen Rodriguez is an Information Technologies professional who works as a Process Manager for a leading sporting goods company in Beaverton, Oregon. She providers volunteer assistance in logistics and operations for the organization.

Ashley Wingert: Board Member. Ashley Wingert contributes extensive management experience as a graduate from the Michael G. Foster School Of Business, University Of Washington, Seattle.

About the Paper Upgrade Project

The Paper Upgrade Project is a nonprofit organization (501(c)(3) IRS exemption) which aims to accelerate your learning by using digital study techniques. To a substantial degree, we accomplish this by scanning your textbooks, manuals, essays, and other educational or professional documents. However, we also offer free educational materials to help you study digitally.

For example, Mary, a student at a nearby university, brings us her recently purchased Chemistry 101 textbook, which we scan (i.e., into a digital format, such as Adobe's Portable Document Format, AKA "PDF"). We return the physical book to her (usually within 24 hours) undamaged, along with instructions explaining how, using the digital version, to run searches, create notes, underline, highlight, add comments, and even collaborate with others.

At this time, we are actively seeking the following posts:

1. Treasurer
2. Volunteers!

If you are interested, please contact us!

If using our FREE services, please note:

  • You must present valid student ID.
  • We scan up to 3 of your (already purchased) academic materials (textbooks, coursepacks, notebooks, handouts, etc.)
  • We only allow one such free request per student per academic term.
  • In that request, we will scan either 1,000 pages maximum or 3 books maximum.
  • We have a suggested donation of $10 per book.


If you would like us to scan more than the FREE offering, please note

  • The charge per textbook, coursepack, or set of notes is $10.
  • Our mission is to help many students, so we may not be able to accommodate all requests.
  • We can only accept cash or Paypal (send to info@PaperUpgrade.org) currently.

We offer the following to all students (with valid id)

  • We will convert your paper materials into searchable (using OCR - Optical Character Recognition) PDF files (for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, Nook, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Aren't you violating copyright laws?

  • We respect copyright law. Our services are provided exclusively for personal academic use. You MAY NOT share the resulting files with anyone!
  • YOU are responsible for copyright violations and must sign the Terms and Conditions Agreement before we render services.
  • We reserve the right to NOT provide services to anyone for any reason, especially if we suspect copyright violations.

How do I add notes and highlights to my digital version?

  • Please download the latest version of Foxit Reader. It works best on PC's.
  • Foxit provides you with FREE highlighting, commenting, and searching capabilities to any PDF file with searchable text.