Like any good book nerd, I’ve been wanting to see the Espresso Book Machine in action. Really – how cool is it to see books printed right in front of you!

Of course, I’ve known about POD – print on demand – for some time now. And I’ve been meaning to take a trip to McNally Jackson for over a year to see their Espresso. My laziness knows no bounds, though.

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Now, Barnes & Noble has gotten in on the POD game, having added an EBM in their flagship store in Union Square, as well as stores in Paramus, New Jersey and Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Not that this is a more convenient location for me. But, I needed to go to Trader Joe’s also, and both are right there, so… *shrugs*

Still in a testing phase, BN could use a catalog of some sort so customers don’t have to play a guessing game of “What Book Can We Print Today”. Most are public domain titles, but the potential is there for publishers to make their backlists available w/o large, costly print runs. Imagine books never being “out of print”. BN is also working the Nook Press angle to help self-publishing authors get hard copies of their books to readers.

The entire process takes less than 20 minutes, most of which is spent waiting for the file to download.

The paper quality is nicer than I expected, but not anything too expensive. And you take your chances with the type of cover. I wasn’t particularly fussy about the one I chose. I just wanted to experience the process.

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Check out my little video below (really this post was all about the video), comment and tell me what you think. Will you be trying out the Espresso Book Machine? What books would you like to become POD?

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