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On Demand Printing, Bankruptcy, and iPads – Irony and Innovation

Jeff Hayes
 Feb 16, 2011

Yesterday, Xerox announced that it is ready to ship its Espresso Book Machine which can print books on demand at retail locations like your corner book store. Today, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, Borders Group — the second largest U.S. chain of retail book stores — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Are these two items related? Probably not, but I see some irony in the timing of the announcements.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Espresso Book Machine is supposed to be a liberator of content, a new revenue stream for traditional brick & mortar bookstores, a solution for the busy consumer that wants a hard copy book. Just install one of these machines and watch the customers come in and print their own books on demand. Xerox proclaims, “Self-publishers can print their latest manuscripts at the corner bookstore, classical books are now available for purchase on demand at libraries, cruise-goers can leave their books at home and print reading materials on the ship.”

The reality is that the number of bookstores has been dropping steadily as buyers shift to on-line purchasing through and other sites.  Why? e-Commerce is a more efficient business model with a better value proposition for most consumers. Read more »

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 (, 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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