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Politics and Prose Adds Espresso Book Machine

Politics and Prose will bookstore will soon add an Espresso Book Machine, allowing customers to order print-on-demand books in the store.

Since acquiring Politics & Prose, co-owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine have made it their mission to ensure that the DC-based independent bookstore stays competitive on both a local and digital level.

Graham talked about the positives of owning such a machine with SecondAct: “You can actually watch a 500-page book being produced and have it in six minutes …We’re still working out the economics, but it’s going to be really affordable. We’re not just talking about full-sized books. People will be able to print family histories, or anything else that can go between soft covers. And it’s very professional-looking.”

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Even More on the Espresso Book Machine

The City Section of the New York Times decides it might be a good idea to trek on over to the New York Public Library and check out that newfangled piece of equipment, the Espresso Book Machine. Also along to gawk were three visitors – a graduate student, a Hong Kong publishing executive and a sixth grader – who stood in various states of awe as a Rube Goldberg contraption produced a book from digital code to hefty paperback in under 15 minutes. It’s one of only three machines in existence (with another in Washington and a third in Alexandria, Egypt) but the company that produces is is pitching the book machine, which may eventually sell for $20,000 or more, principally toward the nation’s 16,000 public libraries and 25,000 bookstores.

Gan Qi, an executive with the Chinese University Press of Hong Kong, thinks the EBM will help solve one problem. “This will keep small publishers from going bankrupt.” The graduate student, Cyrus Luhr, wonders how the machine might affect the future of the bookstore. “It can’t replace it because it can’t replace the atmosphere of a bookstore.” And as for Leysly Avila, 10, the sixth grader, visiting from Vancouver, she likes the machine because “you get to see how a book is made.”

NYPL Installs First Espresso Book Machine

Yesterday morning, the first Espresso Book Machine was installed and demonstrated at the New York Public Library‘s Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL), located on 188 Madison Avenue. The EBM will be available to the public at SIBL through August, and will operate Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m through Friday, September 7. This fall, the New Orleans Public Library, the University of Alberta, the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, and the Open Content Alliance in San Francisco will all get their own EBMs, reports EndGadget.

One who is especially pleased to be involved is Jason Epstein, co-founder of On Demand Books and a former publishing bigwig at Random House. “Printed books are one of history’s greatest and most enduring inventions, and after centuries, their form needs no improvement,” said Epstein in a statement about EBM’s launch. “What does need to change is the outdated way that books reach readers.” Kristin McDonough, Robert and Joyce Menschel Director of SIBL added: “The Science, Industry and Business Library is delighted to showcase the Espresso Book Machine. The Espresso provides a convenient new approach to book publishing and information dissemination and we are pleased to provide our users with the first opportunity to see this new technology demonstrated at a library whose mission is to support innovation and new business ventures.”