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books-to-order goes retail

Expresso Book Machine. Image credit: On Demand Books
Iimage credit: On Demand Books

“The first Espresso Book Machine ("the EBM") was installed and demonstrated today at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL).”

Large, expensive machinery of this type has been available for many years. As the technology improves and the prices plummet, It looks like this sort of system is coming into the range of libraries and retail bookshops. It should now rapidly move to a situation where you may browse online and order a local print machine to produce a copy which you may pick up without the need for postal services and warehousing.

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