Monday, September 28, 2009

Book vending machine

I honestly never thought I'd see the day when there would be vending machines that spit out books.  Come on, people go to these machines for chips and a soda, not books. Now, when the Germans made the worlds largest vending machine, that was  an awesome idea.  Or when the Japanese made cellphones that could buy crap from vending machines, also brilliant idea.  This whole book thing, I don't really know...

A vending machine which can print "library quality" books within minutes, has now been linked to Google giving readers over 3,500,000 books to choose from.
The Espresso Book Machine prints books at a rate of over 100 pages per minute before gluing and cutting them to produce a perfect book, it can even churn out a fresh copy of Crime and Punishment in just nine minutes.

The deal gives the machines access to over two million additional public-domain titles. They would take up over 100 miles of shelf space if printed out… which even using this machine would take 34 years.

There are currently only three of the £70,000 devices from On Demand Books and Lightning Source, with one in Blackwell's Charing Cross Road branch in London.

newslite article

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