I often gripe at my monthly Director’s Association meetings that I would love an espresso machine in my library. Immediately, it is assumed that I am referencing coffee. While, yes, I would love to have a cafe with a professional coffee press machine and jaunty baristas offering refreshment to my library patrons, I am also referencing an automated book machine : the Espresso Book Machine. How ‘maker space’ can you get?
By using digital files to produce physical books, and by matching supply to demand at point of need, the Espresso Book Machine® (EBM) enables libraries to lend more titles and opens up a new market for self publishing. With the push of a button, the technology prints, binds, and trims a bookstore-quality, perfect-bound paperback book, in any language, with a full-color cover in minutes .
I, always one for a good Boingboing.net video, share with you the low tech version of how books ‘used’ to be made. Dare I claim it to be an antique espresso machine?