Monday, June 01, 2009

Espresso Book Machine

Coming to a bookstore or library near you!

Lightning Source had this to say about the device, which On Demand Books demonstrated this weekend at Book Expo:

“Lightning Source is pleased to announce the launch the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) Channel officially at BookExpo America starting this Friday. The EBM, an ATM for books, is located in bookstores, libraries and other sites. The Espresso Book Machine is the latest pioneering distribution channel to join the Lightning Source family of publisher-to-market pathways.

"The Lightning Source Espresso Book Machine Channel will give publishers the option to make available the books they have stored in the Lightning Source digital library, and have those titles printed, bound, and delivered at point of sale, on demand, in minutes.

"The compact size of the Espresso Book Machine® 2.0 (3.8 feet wide by 2.7 feet deep by 4.5 feet high) dramatically expands the opportunity to place machines in a variety of retail and library environments worldwide...

"On Demand Books will be demonstrating the new Espresso Book Machine Version 2.0 at BookExpo America in New York at Booth 4069. Visit either the Lightning Source booth (Booth 3859) or the On Demand Books booth for more information on the EBM and the Lightning Source Espresso Book Machine channel.”

What do you think about this new machine?


  1. I think it's a really interesting idea. So many times I've gone to the store looking for a particular book and they don't have it in stock. If the price is the same, I'd rather have it quick printed rather than wait. And they've gone a long way in cutting down the size of the machine! I wonder how much maintenance it might require over time, though.

    Straight From Hel

  2. I think it sounds like a great idea. I'd love to see one of the machines in action. What will they think of next?

    Jane Kennedy Sutton

  3. Jane, I'd like to see it work as well! Just fascinating...

  4. It is like Amazon's Kindle?