A notable, library-related phenomenon, is the ‘Espresso Book Machine’ (EBM), a standalone automated copy center that can create a “perfect binding” book in a matter of minutes from a given PDF. Its informational literature notes that “the EBM has access to more than 400,000 public-domain books” through the Open Content Alliance. This amount is projected to increase substantially going forward. Similar to a photocopier, the EBM requires but minimal maintenance, including: “refilling paper trays, replacing toner cartridges, emptying the trim-paper receptacle, and clearing paper jams.”
According to the October 2008 issue of Bookseller, Australian bookseller Angus & Robertson Whitcoulls
(ARW) just unveiled the first retail Espresso Book Machine at its
The EBM was noted in Time magazine’s 2007 “Best Inventions of the Year”. Here is the description listed in the piece: “The Espresso Book Machine -- meaning "fast," not coffee -- can churn out a 300-page paperback on demand, complete with color cover, in just 3 min. The $50,000 machine could transform libraries into minibookstores, making hard-to-find titles as accessible as cappuccinos. At $3 a book they might be cheaper too. Available Now www.ondemandbooks.com”
A&R launches instore printer. (2008, October 3). Bookseller, Retrieved February 11, 2009, from Business Source Premier database.
Grossman, L., Dell, K., Buechner, M., Dorfman, A., Hamilton, A., Keegan, R., et al. (2007, November 12). THE BEST INVENTIONS OF THE YEAR. (Cover story). Time, 170(20), 59-105. Retrieved February 11, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=27363775&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live
Rosen, J. (2009, January 19). CHANGE MAKERS. Publishers Weekly, 256(3), 26-26. Retrieved February 18, 2009, from Business Source Premier database.
**Here is a URL for the specification sheet on the Espresso Book Machine: