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General Discussion => Books 'n Readin' => Topic started by: MSTJedi on May 07, 2009, 07:12:50 AM

Title: Espresso Book Machine
Post by: MSTJedi on May 07, 2009, 07:12:50 AM
Anyone heard of this?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/apr/24/espresso-book-machine-launches

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It's not elegant and it's not sexy it looks like a large photocopier but the Espresso Book Machine is being billed as the biggest change for the literary world since Gutenberg invented the printing press more than 500 years ago and made the mass production of books possible. Launching today at Blackwell's Charing Cross Road branch in London, the machine prints and binds books on demand in five minutes, while customers wait.

Wil Wheaton praised it as a way for indie authors to get their work out without having to take up precious shelf space at the book store that the next Twilight book should be occupying.

http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2009/04/more-print-on-demand-goodness.html

What say you, fellow readers? I think it's a great idea.
Title: Re: Espresso Book Machine
Post by: Tripe on May 07, 2009, 07:27:12 AM
Could one bring an electronic copy of a book and feed it into the machine to crank out a few copies?
Title: Re: Espresso Book Machine
Post by: MSTJedi on May 07, 2009, 07:36:20 AM
I'm thinking that it would have to be a book already loaded into the machine for copyright reasons.
Title: Re: Espresso Book Machine
Post by: Tripe on May 07, 2009, 07:37:45 AM
Right but couldn't that be another application, self publishing?