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How books were made

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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 .Espresso Book Machine On Demand Books

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?

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Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to community. I love books, reading to my son,properly placed apostrophes,canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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