An "Espresso Book Machine" (EBM) which allows you to print out books on demand in 5 minutes has been installed at Blackwell's Bookshop in London, at 100 Charing Cross.
This is the first espresso book machine to be installed in the UK, although there has been one in the New York Public Library since 2007. There are currenty 15 EBMs installed worldwide in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and Egypt. It was also featured by Time Magazine as the best invention of 2007. The machine prints any book from the 400,000 titles available in 5 minutes.
The books printed are claimed to be "identical to books found in a bookshop", and represents the ideal solution for obtaining out of print books, or niche publications.
Customers will be able to buy their espresso book machine printed from April 27 or they can order online at www.blackwell.co.uk. or you can upload whatever you wanted printed from a CD or flashdrive.
The Espresso Book Machine was created by On Demand Books (ODB). It uses revolutionary technology to print, bind and trim paperback books at a speed of 112 pages per minute, including 4-colour covers, identical in fact to normal factory printed books.
The launch of the Espresso Book Machine in the UK is the result of an exclusive agreement between Blackwell and ODB. It will certainly cause a stir in the book-selling world and the Charing Cross EBM is no doubt the first of many, as Blackwell has shops in both Oxford and Cambridge and over 50 outlets around the UK.
Blackwell also hopes to provide a distribution channel for smaller publishers and is keen to attract a new audience of budding authors and self publishers who want to see their work in print.
See also : Onyx Boox Ebook Reader
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Take care if you decide to buy an Amazon Kindle Ebook Reader it seems that they if they take dislike to your behaviour they can ban you from actually using your Kindle with their Amazon service by switching it off !
They recently banned someone from using Amazon for making too many returns, and at the same time they also disabled his Kindle account, even though the returns he made had nothing to do with the Kindle or with ebooks !
So if they switch off your Kindle account what happens? You can still use your Kindle and still read the books you have bought , but you can't download any more books from Amazon, you can't receive any newspaper or magazine subscriptions, you can't email documents to Amazon, and you can't buy any new ebooks.
In other words your $359 ebook reader only works as long as Amazon allows it to work!
That's Digital Rights Management for you — it means you never really own things even though you think you've bought them,
The user in question got access to his Kindle restored by Amazon as a "courtesy", but Amazon reserves the right to switch it off again if he doesn't behave himself.
Well, that has certainly turned me off ever wasting my money on a Kindle.
Amazon reinstated the person's account stating that "if a higher-than-acceptable number of concession incidents occur in the future" they will reinstore the ban.
Well to me this sounds outrageous. Is there anything you can do ?
Tech-savvy individuals can figure out how to remove the DRM on the books they buy so they can be read on any device. If Amazon continues putting DRM on the ebooks it sells, it's the only way you can guarantee that you own the books you buy. For further info. see
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