Espresso Book Machine

I saw this on tumblr today: 

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.

It seems too easy to be true! Apparently it IS real, though. It’s a machine that takes a PDF file of a book and churns out the copy, all nice and bound, within minutes. Part of me seems like it’s a strange thing to do, considering worries that physical books might be on their way out in favor of E-readers and other such things. Even out-of-print books can be obtained quickly, providing one has the digital file (which makes me hope that if this machine endures, digital files will be more readily accessible). At the New York Public Library, people have been able to get free copies of books which are no longer covered by copyright, which makes me wonder that they’re not charging money for the cost of paper or ink. What it might mean is that books may be more readily accessible, considering that one no longer has to pay for shipping or anything of the sort.

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2 Responses to “Espresso Book Machine”
  1. That is awesome! Take that Gutenburg!

  2. The Bespectacled Stenographer says:

    Never would I have imagined this. It is an interesting idea though. Personally, I would like to go up to one and order up a copy of a book I don’t have.

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