For some reason I think that an affordable print on demand machine like Espresso could be a huge boon for independent bookstores. One of the advantages of big box stores like Barnes and Noble is the huge variety. Independents can’t afford to stock as many books; don’t get as many discounts; and can’t sell the books at a large enough discount to compete. An affordable print on demand machine can eliminate many overhead costs that prevent an independent from being competitive.
Lightning Source will now provide 85,000 titles from 13 publishers for the Espresso Book Machine. These machines will be installed in about 15 locations “mostly bookstores and libraries, around the world, and can print a paperback book as quickly and richly as a veteran barista can whip up a latte.”