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Print on Demand and I Mean Right in the Store Next...

In 2007, On Demand Books is putting 10 to 25 machines in libraries and bookstores. The machine, called “Espresso” can print, bind, cut and spit out two books with full color laminated covers in seven minutes. Price will be about $.05 per page. Via Engadget. Wouldn’t you just love to go in and say “I’ll take hard to find book A, B, and C along with a grande mocha skinny and no whip?” Well, insert your own poison.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Karen Scott
    Dec 22, 2006 @ 10:30:25

    Is that half a dollar per page, or 5 cents per page? If it’s half a dollar, then a 238 page book would cost the punters $119. If it’s 5 cents per page, then it would cost £11.90.

    Here’s hoping you meant 5 cents per page (g).

  2. Jane
    Dec 22, 2006 @ 10:37:31

    yep – 5 cents. Sorry.:(

  3. sybil
    Dec 22, 2006 @ 12:39:14

    nifty idea… wonder how they will pick the books available to demand…

  4. Tilly Greene
    Dec 22, 2006 @ 21:12:17

    Hmmm, could be interesting…but what if, like every other printer in the world, it coughs and screws up a page or two? I’d still give it a go.

  5. Annalee
    Dec 23, 2006 @ 04:21:35

    I can’t wait to see one in action!

    Jan 03, 2007 @ 12:55:49

    It sounds like a great idea,but the punter has got to be pretty damn sure before parting with his $0.05 per page before pressing the button.

  7. Jecqueline
    May 02, 2008 @ 13:38:21

    I so totally cant wait to read this book!!!!!!

  8. Jecqueline
    May 02, 2008 @ 13:39:03

    I totally cant wait to read this book!!!!!!

  9. Jecqueline
    May 02, 2008 @ 13:39:55

    I cant read this book!!!! Meg Cabot is such an awesome author!!!!!

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