As the video demonstrates, this would be the ultimate toy for the multimillionaire book collector:
All the specs and details are covered at the On Demand Books website. The only thing I haven't been able to find is the cost of the machine. Maybe I just missed it, or maybe it's one of those "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" things.
Blackwell, a bookstore chain in the U.K., is leasing and installing the machines in 50 of its locations and claims to be able to offer a choice of "around one million titles" that can be produced in something like seven minutes.
Alison Flood, news editor of The Bookseller, said: "Imagine going into a book store and getting an obscure title while you wait. It could be a way for street chains to compete with the range that is offered online. The novelty for readers will also be exciting and it could be a great thing for the high street."So books are dead, are they, doomsayers? These books can be produced for a penny a page, three dollars for a 300-page book, so they can still generate a nice profit at a relatively low sales price. Now if I could just come up with the cash, and the space, to get one of these gizmos for my home library...
On Demand has been in talks with other British retailers about stocking the Espresso. Blackwell is the first chain in Europe to place an order for the machine and the largest commercial retailer in the world to do so.