Xerox’s Espresso Book Machine Carves its own Niche Within Digital Production Print

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Feb 16, 2012

We would forgive you for not knowing what to expect from Xerox’s Espresso Book Machine. The device’s name conjures up images of strong caffeinated beverages paired with Italian pastries, unlike the more ambiguous-sounding brands of Xerox production printers such as the iGen4 and Nuvera. Similarly the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) can be tricky to categorize within the digital print production space based on its capabilities, in large part because it is built for a specific application books.

Xerox's Espresso Book Machine

I came across this issue while updating our Cut-Sheet Ultimate Guide to include the EBM. On the one hand, the EBM is clearly a production device, as it is based on a Xerox 4112 monochrome cut-sheet print engine that prints at 110 pages per minute. On the other hand, it doesn’t offer the range of finishing capabilities available with a typical Xerox 4112 configuration. The only finishing capability available with the EBM is perfect binding. Combined with a narrow range of substrate support, the EBM is limited to printing books and manuals, yet it is unlike other devices because it has a monochrome print engine for the book block, and a separate color print engine for the covers.

Due to the limited application set that the EBM is optimized for, the target demographic for the product differs from other digital cut-sheet printer sales. EBMs are mainly installed in university and independent bookstores. The EBM targets self-publishers as well as publishers of custom content such as university course packets and is more focused on business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions. While the Espresso Book Machine may not be your typical production printer, it definitely carves out an interesting niche for itself within the digital print space.

We encourage you to check out the Espresso Book Machine and other digital cut-sheet printers within InfoTrends’ Cut-Sheet Ultimate Guide.

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