Posts tagged: On Demand Books

On Demand Book Printing at Airports?

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 Dec 21, 2011

The last couple of months have seen a slew of new placements for Xerox and On Demand Book’s Espresso Book Machine (EBM). Installations have been growing rapidly, with four installs (Darien Library in Connecticut, Tattered Cover Book Store in Colorado, Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C., and  Sacramento Public Library in California) occurring throughout October and November. The new installations have brought the total EBM install base to Read more »

Bad News for Independent Book Stores

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 2, 2011

In December the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article called “Local bookstores fall to ‘e-book revolution’” about how the combined impact of the economy and the Internet had resulted in the recent closing of four independent book stores in Minnesota. Probably the most depressing aspect in an overall depressing story was the following quote from a representative from one of the bookstores who said, “We’re really now a showroom for books.” What she means is that after browsing in the store, most people then either go home and buy the book on-line or avoid the print version of the book entirely and purchase the e-book. Read more »

Candy Bars and Books on Demand

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 12, 2010

Recently I wrote about the Xerox/On Demand Books announcement (Xerox and On Demand Books Collaborate on Espresso Book Machine) and it has gotten me thinking about the purpose of a book-on-demand machine, or what is also sometimes called a book kiosk. What types of books are best suited for a book kiosk? If the kiosk is in a book store, it generally wouldn’t need to be used for anything that could be found in the store, unless the store had run out of a mass-produced book and the book kiosk could create a suitable facsimile in a timely and economic fashion. The fit would be much better if the desired title were obscure (like an out-of-print book), targeted (like a university course pack), niche-oriented (too quirky to be stocked on shelves), customized (perhaps drawn from a reservoir of copyrighted content), personalized (maybe using a combination of personal and professional content), or self-published. The more likely that it couldn’t be found in the store, the better. But why does the book kiosk even have to be in a bookstore? What about airports, convention centers, hotels, resorts, theaters, retail stores, or cruise ships?

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Xerox and On Demand Books Collaborate on Espresso Book Machine

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 14, 2010

You probably saw the news today that On Demand Books (http://www.ondemandbooks.com/), maker of the Espresso Book Machine has teamed up with Xerox on an on-demand book kiosk. The Espresso Book Machine (sometimes referred to as EBM) has been around for four or five years, but really in more of a beta state according to On Demand Books CEO Dane Neller. With this announcement, On Demand Books will sell the Espresso Book Machine connected to the print engine component of the 110-ppm Xerox 4112 monochrome copier/printer. The 4112 is used to print the monochrome book blocks while an internal color inkjet printer does the covers. The Espresso Book Machine can print and perfect bind books as small as 4.5” x 5.0” and as large as 8.25” x 10.5” (and any variation in between). The book block is printed on 8.5” x 11” sheets and is then united with the cover, perfect bound, and trimmed. The price for the Espresso Book Machine, including the 4112, the finishing capability, and related software is around $125,000.

Xerox 4112 in an Espresso Book Machine

Xerox 4112 in an Espresso Book Machine

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