A new vending machine has been released which can print any book within minutes.
The Espresso Book Machine has access to 500,000 different books - the same as 23.6 miles of shelf space - and can even churn out a fresh copy of Crime and Punishment in just nine minutes.
Pages are printed at a rate of over 100 per minute and are then pressed, glued and cut to produce a pristine book.
Users simply pick the book they would like on a screen and wait for it to be printed … it certainly is a novel way of getting a new book.
WHO WANTS TO ROAD TRIP WITH ME TO THIS VENDING MACHINE Y/Y?
I think Johannes Gutenberg’s mind would turn to mush and come out of his ears and eyes if he ever saw this.
Hmm, reminds me of The Last Book project inside out.
This is amazing, but I hope it/they (is it going to be mass produced, or is there just one?) will be located in book stores.
The Espresso Book Machine has been around for a couple of years now. There is definitely more than one (there’s one at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver), and it functions like a miniature version of the publishing industry’s print-on-demand system.
This has been an announcement from your friendly, neighborhood, know-it-all publishing professional!
Apparently there’s one in Bellingham, and two in Seattle (Third Place Books and the UW Bookstore)! And now I am wondering how I didn’t know this was a thing until now.
WHAT. I know where those are! I…do not need any more books!!!!! Right???????