Espresso Book Machine sighting!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3 Comments A+ a-

No, not by me (unfortunately). A caller from Melbourne phoned into the recent episode of Dragon Page citing that Angus & Robertson (aka A&R Aussie book chain) now has the book machine in their stores. They're making many out-of-print and hard to find books available now within minutes at reasonable prices.

U.S. take note.

For folks who aren't sure what the Espresso Book Machine, this is the future. Last year I blogged about the buzz surrounding this machine. There was talk about it making java as well but i think maybe someone got crossed up with the metaphor. Anyhoots, it's here and it's making the rounds at the New York Library, University of Michigan and now Melbourne Australia. I heard that some bookseller at a recent Sci-Fi convention (GenCon or DragonCon) had this at their booth for readers to check out. Basically you pop in your book order and wait and watch it being printed and bound in about 5-7 minutes. It's a wonderful device that'll help loads of books continue to live for many readers to come.

One idea I had, that I hoped they continue, was making this available in compatibale with ebooks.

Think about it.

You bought an ebook that wasn't available anywhere but online. But you want to be able to walk around with it away from your computer, especially if you don't have a reader. No problem. Simply pop in the work, slide in your cover and watch it made in minutes. Grabbed a few short works from your favorite online ebook pub? Not a problem. Make your own anthology of similar related works big enough for book size and pop that sucker in.

Many authors say they aren't into ebooks. That's fine. You want to be able to make your reader comfortable because THEY may be into it even if you aren't. That's why I'm following the companies that are looking ahead in various formats. Small publishers such as Double Dragon and Drollerie are making their books available in ebook, print and audiobook so no matter what
format the reader wants to check their books out in, they're covered.

If I have a work that doesn't fit any of the small pubs or is too short or too long, that's where indie can come in and I can still make that direct connection with readers who may want to check out something a little different.

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Zoe Winters
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12:35 PM delete

I'm wondering how they will decide what books are available in the machine. What list? Ingrams? Lightning Source's? (in the US)

That would definitely influence where/how I got my books places.

And totally agreed on the "give it to the reader how the reader wants it."

I'm not a fan of ebooks. Doesn't matter. Others are. Especially in our genre. It's stupid to cut one's nose off to spite one's face.

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Rae Lori
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9:33 PM delete

Too true and I wonder the same thing. Also IF distributors will still be around if the machine does take off. I guess it would make sense to organize the books and all. Or if Amazon (or a company like it) will move themselves into being not only a bookstore but a distributor along with publisher.

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Zoe Winters
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7:42 AM delete

In many ways, Amazon is already classed as a distributor. Lightning Source lists Amazon as one of their "distribution partners."

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