Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Books on Demand, from a Vending Machine


The most inclusive reader's catalog in the world, at your fingertips.

The machine can print, align, mill, glue and bind two books simultaneously in less than seven minutes, including full-color laminated covers. It prints in any language and will even accommodate right-to-left texts by putting the spine on the right.

After several years in development, the Espresso - a $50,000 vending machine with a conceivably infinite library - is nearly consumer-ready and will debut in ten to 25 libraries and bookstores in 2007.

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Hey....Ideal for JAILS ! No razor blades or drugs slipped in from outside. Oh but wait, prisoners would have to be able to read....I guess they would prefer the money spent on high-def TV.

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