Readers and authors, celebrate! Print and read your favorite paperback book in minutes.
Readers, have you ever wished the book you wanted could be printed within minutes, on-site, and for immediate in-store pick-up? Students, has a textbook sold out and you need a copy for your next class? Maybe you’d like a last-minute gift for a bibliophile? You’re all shaking your heads yes, but thinking I’m teasing. I’m delighted to let you know your wish has been granted. The future of book manufacturing is here. A revolutionary piece of technology called Espresso Book Machine (EBM) makes titles available for sale worldwide, within minutes. Wahoo!
As someone who’s an avid reader, worked close to ten years in the book manufacturing/production industry, and is a published author, the concept of the Espresso Book Machine is brilliant and exciting. It’s one of those inventions that has voracious readers wishing it was available at every corner.
Throughout my employment in the book production/manufacturing industry at Offset Paperback, mfrs., I worked my way up to almost every position available at the two Pocono Mountain Rage facilities including, Pre-Press Specialist, Xerox IGEN Printer, and Book Binder and Operator, to name a few. On the massive production floor at POD, most of the bindery machines were the size of a small bedroom and allowed us to bind thousands of quality books a day. The Xerox printers, the same company that services EBM, on the other hand, were each the length of a typical suburban single family Scranton, PA home. EBM is much more compact—small enough to fit in a coffee shop, bookstore, library, or bedroom. Guess that last one is just wishful thinking on my part.
If recent studies indicate young people’s preference for print products, the future of EBM looks promising. According to a recent article in The Washington Post, pew studies show the highest print readership rates are among those ages 18 to 29. Studies also found eighty-seven percent of textbooks for the fall 2014 semester were print books.
I have one more incredible piece of information to share. My book, Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales, has been accepted by EBM and can be printed in minutes on-site or picked up today in-store! I’m so grateful and excited for it to be a part of the Espresso Book Machine.
P.S. On Demand Books, we’d love one here in Scranton, PA.