Expresso Book Machine: Books Replicator (Apr. 27, 2009) —The Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a self-publishing tool which prints whole books while you wait. There are only three of the second-generation EBM, two in Canada and one in London.

expresso-book-machineAn average book, of about 300 pages, takes about 7 minutes to print and be bound. After it’s bound, it’s trimmed and finally delivered into a neat basket.

The EBM allows you to browse a catalog of books and print out a bound, trimmed paperback in 5 to 10 minutes. It’ll spit out 110 pages per minute, complete with a full-color cover.

Particularly, EVM is a computer for the catalog and software, a Konica Minolta Bizhub 1050ep industrial printer for the interior pages, an inkjet printer for the cover–all of which are off-the-shelf–and a big box of tricks that automatically bind and trim each book. Its cost is about US$100,000.

The EVM system includes a level of DRM to follow who has printed what, mainly for the purpose of tracking royalties. If the catalog will be integrated with its Web site, so you’ll be able to browse, order and print your book online, then pop in to collect it.

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