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    Default Coming soon: An ATM for books

    An ATM for books
    Coming soon: The most inclusive reader's catalog
    in the world, at your fingertips.


    By Emily Maltby, FSB Magazine
    December 14 2006: 9:36 AM EST



    (FSB Magazine) -- Buying a book could become as easy as buying a pack of gum. After several years in development, the Espresso - a $50,000 vending machine with a conceivably infinite library - is nearly consumer-ready and will debut in ten to 25 libraries and bookstores in 2007. The New York Public Library is scheduled to receive its machine in February.

    The company behind the Espresso is called On Demand Books, founded by legendary book editor Jason Epstein, 78, and Dane Neller, 56, but the technology was developed six years ago by Jeff Marsh, who is a technology advisor for New York City-based ODB (ondemandbooks.com).

    The machine can print, align, mill, glue and bind two books simultaneously in less than seven minutes, including full-color laminated covers. It prints in any language and will even accommodate right-to-left texts by putting the spine on the right. The upper page limit is 550 pages, though by tweaking the page thickness and type size, you could get a copy of War and Peace (albeit tough to read) if you wanted.

    ...more - http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fsb/f...5114/index.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    a $50,000 vending machine with a conceivably infinite library - is nearly consumer-ready and will debut in ten to 25 libraries and bookstores in 2007. The New York Public Library is scheduled to receive its machine in February.
    I never heard if the machines were delivered and worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDutton View Post
    I never heard if the machines were delivered and worked.
    A day late and a dollar short.

    Now you can download from an infinite library in the sky to your Kindle or other tablet device.
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