April 24th, 2009
It's not elegant and it's not sexy – it looks like a large photocopier – but the Espresso Book Machine is being billed as the biggest change for the literary world since Gutenberg invented the printing press more than 500 years ago and made the mass production of books possible. Launching today at Blackwell's Charing Cross Road branch in London, the machine prints and binds books on demand in five minutes, while customers wait.
Signalling the end, says Blackwell, to the frustration of being told by a bookseller that a title is out of print, or not in stock, the Espresso offers access to almost half a million books, from a facsimile of Lewis Carroll's original manuscript for Alice in Wonderland to Mrs Beeton's Book of Needlework. Blackwell hopes to increase this to over a million titles by the end of the summer – the equivalent of 23.6 miles of shelf space, or over 50 bookshops rolled into one. The majority of these books are currently out-of-copyright works, but Blackwell is working with publishers throughout the UK to increase access to in-copyright writings, and says the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
I feel a little turned on right now, honestly.
|Date:||April 24th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)|| |
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|Date:||April 24th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)|| |
Well, one hates to be blatant.
|Date:||April 24th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Eeee! Also this!
|Date:||April 24th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)|| |
... I wonder if I can take a company with one of these a PDF e-book and get them to print it nicely... DIE KINKOS DIE
|Date:||April 24th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)|| |
_Do not_ attempt to get your naughty bits involved with the book machine.
|Date:||April 24th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)|| |
I want to know how much the books cost.
no doubt. this is like movable type in its enormity. eeee!
I want one. In Town. I have a few dozen tittles boiling along the top of my head that I've wanted to get my hands on for a while.
|Date:||April 24th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)|| |
My tittles are boiling, too!
I first heard about the preliminary version of this a few years ago. It was neat then too.
|Date:||April 24th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)|| |
Now all we need is someone to digitise the complete works of humanity, then put together a fair recompensation mechanism for authors, and place a machine like this in every bookshop and library, then we may finally end the age of the out-of-print book...