Friday, January 22, 2010

Reading Your Expresso

Interesting news from Jason Boog over on GalleyCat. Remember the Expresso machine? Been a while since we talked about the machine that prints books super fast, since all the talk in the news world focuses on e-books lately. But here’s a boost for the Expresso Machine.

Xerox Corporation has teamed up with On Demand Books, the company that makes the Expresso Book Machine.
In the new partnership, the Xerox 4112 and the Espresso Book Machine will be marketed and sold together--capable of creating a new book in minutes with "the capacity to print more than 40,000 paperback books per year."
What this means is that:
On Demand will now have the considerable resources of Xerox at its disposal, in terms of a sales force and a trusted name in the business of copying things fast ... There are only 21 stores and libraries that currently have the machines, but through this agreement, you can bet you'll see more of them--On Demand hopes to get 80 machines in the world by the end of 2011."
We’ve all been wondering when and if the Expresso Book Machine would ever take off. This looks to be a promising union.
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27 comments:

  1. It does sound promising! My books are listed as available through the Expresso machine.

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  2. I'm guesing that this is only available in the US? We'll have to stick with the gas powered stuff here in Europe.

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  3. Sounds like a good partnership between the two. And Xerox would have lots of contacts and ins, too.

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder
    Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

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  4. Totally forgot - you get the Blogging Buddies award, Helen! Thanks for all of your help.

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  5. Hmm. 80 machines by 2011? Does look as if this partnership is the start of something good.

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  6. I'm dying to see one of those machines. I would buy a book from one just to see it work.

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  7. I would, too, bermudaonion. I want to see one in action.

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  8. Sounds like a really effective partnership. I'm curious about the cost of the books ... Is it the same as buying one the traditional route?

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  9. Yes, I'd love to see one of these machines as well. Love the idea.
    Karen

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  10. Sounds like a great partnership.

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  11. Bring it on! Get it in the Express Lane and speed it up!

    Marvin D Wilson

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  12. Definitely needs to expand from 21!

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  13. This is excellent news! I have high hopes for On Demand Printing resources saving the book industry because they enable publishers to stop highballing (and wasting) resources as a gamble, since there will be a viable backup plan if something takes off...

    Somehow 80 machines by 2011 though, doesn't sound like a lot...

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  14. Is that ever interesting. I wasn't famiiar with the Expresso machine. Sounds like a good thing, this partnership.

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  15. I think this is wonderful! Hopefully the price of the machines will fall and they'll become more common.

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  16. Am I the only one who wants one for my living room? :)

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  17. Ahh, Miriam, you made me laugh. Wouldn't that be something? Those who have an e-reader that can download via the Internet sort of have that, just not the printed pages.

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  18. Anything to help authors like me is welcomed. Even though eBooks are poised to take a large portion of the pie, I can't see it as a killer app like downloading music has to CDs or On Demand movies will proabaly do to DVDs.

    Stephen Tremp

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  19. My publisher thinks this is a great idea and is maneuvering to try to be one of the book sources for the Espresso Machine. As a book buyer, I love the idea.

    Best Wishes Galen.
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

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  20. I love this idea, because at the moment, I'm still stuck in "bricks and mortar" book land. I want to turn the pages. I'm surprised though, by such an investment, giving the looming take over by E-readers.

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  21. I think they're counting on the people like me who grew up with print books and still love them. And maybe once the generations that are growing up with e-books get to the point that they become nostalgic, they'll print out their favorites. Or...maybe they'll inherit books from their grandparents and say, what the heck are these things?

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  22. I'm with those who want to see one of these machines in action!! :)

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  23. Here's hoping this will be the blend between overstocks and ebooks that the market wants.

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  24. This is good news. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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  25. I would love to see a book produced by one. It gives an entire new definition to POD.

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  26. POD will certainly help with returns and publishers costs. Benefits to self publishers? Will they be available to self publishers? I believe the most successful self published book was The Messengers, and in my genre - mind body spirit, but publishers or agents won't touch you if you go down that road.

    I'd still like to have one in my living room. I'd publish everything. "Yes mum, I'm published now."

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