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ABOUT BOOKS AND READING > Book Machines that make books in a few minutes. Great boon for self-publishers. Uses PDF files.

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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jun 12, 2012 04:46AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments This is great news for self-publishers. There's a machine that makes books in a few minutes.
It uses PDF files.

"The Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a print on demand (POD) machine that prints, collates, covers, and binds a single book in a few minutes."

"The EBM is small enough to fit in a retail book store or small library room, and as such it is targeted at retail and library markets. The EBM can potentially allow readers to obtain any book title, even books that are out of print."

"The machine takes as input a PDF file and prints, binds, and trims the reader’s selection as a paperback book."
"The direct-to-consumer model supported by Espresso Book Machine eliminates the need for shipping, warehousing, returns and pulping of unsold books; it allows simultaneous global availability of millions of new and backlist titles."

“It turns independent bookstores into places to get books published. It’s a new thing for the bookstore to do: not just sell books, but actually create books.”

"Politics and Prose [a bookstore] has produced almost 5,000 paperback books — some in as little as five minutes — since receiving the book machine nicknamed “Opus” last November. Mr. Leggett said about 90 percent of the books printed on the machine were self-published works by local authors."

"The Espresso Book Machine uses two PDFs, one for the cover and another for the text. The cover and text, both generated from digital files, are printed simultaneously on opposite sides of the machine. They meet in the middle section of the machine, where they are bound, before dropping to a trimming station on the bottom. The book is dispensed through a chute."


message 2: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6324 comments This is so cool. I'm telling everyone. Thanks, Joy.

message 3: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments You're welcome, Jim.
I'd like to see one of the Espresso Book Machines in action!
There are none near me, according to the EBM website at:

From the above website:
"The EBM will transform your work into a paperback book complete with a full color cover and a black and white interior, indistinguishable from books produced by traditional publishers."

"Now you can also make your book available on any other Espresso Book Machine worldwide. The EBM's EspressNet makes it possible for your book to be accessible to anyone interested in your work but who happens to live in another state or even another country. Our EspressNet program is included as part of our Standard Self-Publishing Set-Up. Should you elect to sell your work over EspressNet, all sales are tracked and payment flows back to you, the author, consistent with the consignment program offered by your EBM location."
"You set the retail price of your book and retain all rights to your work. You prepay the print cost, and when your book sells you receive the full retail amount less a consignment fee per copy."

"Your readers can also order your book online and the EBM location will print copies on demand to fill their orders."


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