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Home > Blog > August 2007 > Public Debut of Amplified Photocopier & Paper-Shearing Machine a Gutenberg Moment?

In late June of this year, On Demand Books publicly debuted version 1.5 of its Espresso Book Machine at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library in Midtown Manhattan. The machine "occupies the space of two deli-style ice cream freezers, looks like office photocopiers attached to a tinted stereo cabinet and computer terminal," and "hums, makes spitting noises, moans and then belches out a newly glued book" in minutes, according to a New York Times piece published last week. (Watch a demonstration of the alpha version at work here .) On Demand Books is currently marketing these machines principally to United States libraries and bookstores, but they've also got their eye on the not-too-distant multinational corporate horizon. "It could go into a Kinko’s, or a coffee shop, or a hotel or a hospital or a cruise ship," says On Demand Books' CEO Dane Neller. At the current moment, there are only three Espresso Book Machines in existence--the one in New York as well as one in the World Bank's InfoShop in Washington, D.C., and one at the Blibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. Interested parties can visit the machine in New York City through September 7, Monday through Saturday between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., and have a book produced for themselves, on the spot, at no charge. Public domain titles available at this particular exhibit include Albert Einstein's Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and William Blake's Songs of Innocence.

An On Demand Books company photo of the alpha version of the Espresso Book Machine.
An On Demand Books company photo of the alpha version of the Espresso Book Machine.
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