The Espresso Book Machine (“EBM”) Version 2.0

On Demand Books has just completed the development of their new Espresso Book Machine (EBM) Version 2.0, which is smaller, faster, and more cost-effective than its predecessor, the EBM Version 1.5.  The McGill University Library and the University of Waterloo Bookstore are going to be beta test sites of the EBM 2.0.  These installs follow the EBM 1.5′s that have been placed at the University of Alberta Bookstore, the University of Michigan Library, and the McMaster University Bookstore (as well as at other libraries and retail sites).

You can read all about the EBM 2.0, and see a video of it in action here.

Product details (from the firm’s website) include:

Binding: Perfect-bound books, indistinguishable from the bookstore copy.
Page-Count: 40 to 830 pages.
Trim Size: Infinitely variable between 8.5″ x 11″ and 4.5″ x 4.5″.
Speed: A 300-page book in less than 4 minutes.
File Format: Standard PDF for book block and cover. Books can be downloaded from the web, or in person from CDs, flash drives, etc

ATM for books now at Michigan

An earlier post here mentioned the Espresso Book Machine, for producing on demand copies of books.

Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the University of Michigan is the first university library to provide the Espresso to its patrons:

U. of Michigan Library Installs ‘ATM of Books’

Just about any digitized, out-of-copyright book from Michigan’s collection can be printed and bound on the spot. Printing takes five to seven minutes, and the cost is about $10 per book. Users will also be able to print books from online sources such as the Open Content Alliance.

A university press release includes a photo of the machine.