Espresso Book Machine

The ‘Cuckoo’ calls for e-books

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Laura Hazard Owen (you know, if my middle name was as cool as “Hazard,” I’d probably use it all the time too) has an article over on paidContent discussing the splash that The Cuckoo’s Calling has made unexpectedly among bookstores and and e-book stores alike. Joanna mentioned this article [...]

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Joins the Espresso Book Machine Network

By Dan Eldridge
February 3, 2013 // 4 Comments

As an unabashed vending machine fanatic and someone who’s been involved with the publishing industry for the better part of my adult life, I’ve long been intrigued by the Espresso Book Machine, owned by On Demand Books. There are currently more than seven million titles available in On [...]

New 3D-photographic scanner will capture 250 book pages per minute

By libertyc
November 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

CNet has a report on a new book scanner (Japanese) from Dai Nippon Printing that takes and corrects three-dimensional images of book pages, allowing for them to be scanned at the amazing rate of 250 pages a minute, meaning that the average book could be captured in little more than two to three [...]

An Espresso Book Machine Comes to Connecticut

By libertyc
September 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

On Demand Books, the New York-based company behind the Espresso Book Machine (described by the company as “an ATM for books”) has just announced the EBM’s 31st location in the United States: R.J. Julia Booksellers, a decades-old independent shop located in the shoreline town [...]

Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa

By libertyc
July 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

South African IT news site IT Web reports that the University of Johannesburg has just acquired an Espresso Book Machine of its very own. Most of the article summarizes what we already well know about the print-on-demand machine and its uses for printing and binding store-quality paperbacks in mere [...]

Borderlands bookstore owner recalculates; Espresso not so expensive after all

By libertyc
June 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

About a month ago, I covered a blog post by Alan Beatts, proprietor of the Borderlands bookstore in San Francisco, in which he did some back-of-envelope calculations to determine that it could take over a decade for profits to pay down the cost of an Espresso. I just now received an email from Mr. [...]

OR Books publisher suggests ‘disintermediating Amazon’ by selling D2C

By libertyc
May 25, 2012 // 9 Comments

Here’s another article from an exec of a Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) publisher about “disintermediating Amazon,” this one on Publishers Weekly. John Oakes of OR Books puts Amazon’s success in an interesting perspective when he points out that, when you get right down to it, the main advantage [...]

The Espresso is too expensive for independent bookstores, says owner of San Francisco’s Borderlands Books

By libertyc
May 22, 2012 // 9 Comments

A few days ago I mentioned the Harvard Book Store, which features an Espresso Book Machine which it uses to help it stay relevant in its market, and pondered why it is that more stores aren’t following its example. As it turns out, Alan Beatts has a definitive answer to that on the blog of his [...]

Harvard Book Store offers proof independent bookstores can survive digital age

By libertyc
May 14, 2012 // 3 Comments

Can bookstores survive in an e-book world? Leigh Beadon of Techdirt thinks they can, if they play to their strengths. Beadon points out that when people talk nostalgically about bookstores, they are usually referring to their local independent stores, not the soulless big box chains. Where the big [...]

The other Amazon-publisher disagreement: print on demand

By libertyc
April 29, 2012 // 10 Comments

Everyone is paying attention to the e-book pricing fight against Amazon right now, but Bloomberg Businessweek reports there’s another disagreement going on between Amazon and the publishers behind the scenes that nobody has really noticed: the question of print on demand. Amazon already offers [...]

Young-adult author Kate Milford crowdfunds linking novella between her two novels

By libertyc
April 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

A post on BoingBoing links to a Kickstarter project put together by young-adult novelist Kate Milford, author of a novel The Boneshaker (not to be confused with the steampunk novel Boneshaker by Cherie Priest) to crowdfund a novella tying this novel together with its upcoming sequel, The Broken [...]

Print-on-demand offers bright future for paper books even in the e-book era

By libertyc
December 12, 2011 // 3 Comments

Does electronic publishing technology mean the end of the paper book? Not at all, argues Clive Thompson on Wired.com. Just as the “paperless office” actually used more paper than ever, the advent of self-publishing technologies like the Espresso Book Machine means that people will have the [...]

My Espresso Book Machine encounter

By libertyc
November 19, 2011 // 4 Comments

I got to the Missouri State University Bookstore in Columbia, Missouri in the early afternoon, and went downstairs to where they kept their Espresso machine. As I had a book made, I spoke with Heather Tearney, the manager of the Mizzou Media section where the machine was kept, and Nic Maglio, one [...]

Looking for book- and e-book-related matters in St. Louis

By libertyc
November 17, 2011 // 2 Comments

I am going to be in St. Louis this weekend, visiting relatives, and will have a bit of time to myself to do touristy things—and it occurred to me that surely, St. Louis being the major metro area it is, there might be something there to do with e-books that I could look at for TeleRead. I am [...]

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