Espresso Book machine launched in Australia

It’s been dubbed the ATM for books, and the Espresso Book Machine could change the way you purchase novels.

It’s been dubbed the ATM for books, and the Espresso Book Machine could change the way you purchase novels.

The machine is capable of printing, trimming and binding a paperback in a matter of minutes. The Espresso Book Machine was launched last year and was labeled one of the best inventions of the year.

Angus and Robertson will launch the service in Australia. Currently shoppers can choose from several hundred titles with the choice expecting to expand to 10,000 in the next few months. The books will const the same or less than a standard paperback.

Speaking with SMH, the managing director of Angus & Robertson, Dave Fenlon, said: “Print-on-demand, alongside the internet, will be one of the most important developments aiding accessibility of books to the public.”

Print on demand services means retailers will be able to extend the range of products avaialble by potentially millions of books.

The book machine is already running in Angus & Robertson’s Bourke Street store in Melbourne, but the company said it would have up to 50 machines installed throughout its Australia and New Zealand network within a year.

According to Angus and Robertson, the first book printed in the Melbourne store was the Miles Franklin award winning novel, A Horse Of Air by Dal Stevens, which has been out of print for nearly 20 years.

Source: SMH

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