As I was driving into work, listening to NPR this morning, a story caught my ear. Basically, they said ‘books’ and I was suddenly enrapt.
The story was set in Blackwell’s Bookstore on Charing Cross Road in London, where they have a new EBM (Espresso Book Machine) from On Demand Books, which can print and bind the book of your choice, including your own manuscript! It is pretty fast, at about 100 pages per minute for the printing. Right now there are 1/2 a million books in the database, but they anticipate having a million within the next 3 months. The contention is that this is going to help paper books compete with the Kindle, as well as helping smaller bookstores compete with big box stores and Amazon.
On On Demand Books’ website I found a video of the EBS at work. It isn’t the most exciting video, but it is pretty interesting to see how the thing works.
What do you think? Is this the wave of the future?
For a list of all EBS locations, click here.