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Espressobookmachine
Once I get back to NYC I’m heading straight to this giant book printer…

An ATM for books that prints and binds any title on the spot within minutes from a digital file — The first Espresso Book Machineâ„¢ (“the EBM”) was installed and demonstrated today at the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL). The patented automatic book making machine will revolutionize publishing by printing and delivering physical books within minutes. The EBM is a product of On Demand Books, LLC (“ODB” – www.ondemandbooks.com), the company founded by legendary publishing executive Jason Epstein and business partner Dane Neller, who joined SIBL’s Kristin McDonough for a private event there to speak about the EBM’s potential impact on the future of reading and publishing.

The Espresso Book Machine will be available to the public at SIBL through August, and will operate Monday- Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library is located at 188 Madison Avenue (at 34th Street).

First Espresso Book Machine Installed and Demonstrated at New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library – [via] Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Pinstriped.Zebra says:

    Wow, now that is a very cool development! I would love to see it in action and see the final product.

    This seems very interesting for universities no more waiting for a reprint of a textbook which you needed weeks ago..

  2. tms10000 says:

    “The patented automatic book making machine will revolutionize publishing by printing and delivering physical books within minutes.”

    I’m here to curb your enthusiasm. Patented=locked technology. Unlikely to revolutionize anything with locked technology (= more expensive)

    Also one has to wonder what is either new, or non-obvious about this. Isn’t this a fancy copier that staples? It’s the same idea. What? It’s hook to a PC that does the printing? Well, we’ve been doing that for years… What? It’s coin operated too? Wow. Revolutionary.

    My next patent: the wheel.

  3. krustyclown says:

    Imagine, a library that you never need to return the books to!! Pay a fee, receive a print of the title you want, there and then! You get to take it home and keep it :)

    Oh wait, that’s called a book store :(

  4. airship says:

    The company site says ‘Bandwidth Exceeded’. Can we say it was ‘MAKEd’, or should we say ‘MADE’? :)

  5. volkemon says:

    @tms10000-
    “the book machine, which automatically prints, binds, and trims the reader’s selection within minutes as a single, library-quality, paperback book, indistinguishable from the factory-made title.”
    -heck of a stapler! Give them a little credit…..

    @krustyclown-
    Bet any bookstore would love to have access to one! No more backorder, stock sitting on shelves…..wish my local bookstore did….

    @airship-
    MAKEd. for sure. indicates the source better than MADE, regardless of proper english usage!

  6. MakeshiftData says:

    That could be MAKE-dotted as a nod to /. or more precisely to the magazine name, MAKE-coloned.

    This is far from the first print-and-bind-on-demand bookmaking machine, and earlier ones haven’t been cost-effective enough to make a scratch in the market.

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