Saturday, May 23, 2009

Print on Demand at Home

In the previous post, I wrote about the advantages of small 3D printers.

The Espresso Book Machine is a small print-on-demand book making machine. Not quite small enough or inexpensive enough for most homes, but small, nonetheless. Certainly small enough for small publishers to consider.

In the same way that small 3D printers enable spare parts to be kept virtually and produced when and where needed, the Espresso Book Machine enables books to be stored in a database and printed locally on demand. In fact, the Espresso Machine already has access to the Lightening Source library of titles. At a cost of about $0.01 per page, I wonder if we'll see a chain of on demand book stores opening soon. Imagine a world where no book is ever out of print.

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