The first Espresso Book Machineâ„˘ (â€śthe EBMâ€ť) was installed and demonstrated today at the New York Public Libraryâ€™s Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL). The patented automatic book making machine will revolutionize publishing by printing and delivering physical books within minutes. The EBM is a product of On Demand Books, LLC (â€śODBâ€ť), the company founded by legendary publishing executive Jason Epstein and business partner Dane Neller, who joined SIBLâ€™s Kristin McDonough for a private event there to speak about the EBMâ€™s potential impact on the future of reading and publishing.
The Espresso Book Machine will be available to the public at SIBL through August, and will operate Monday- Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library is located at 188 Madison Avenue (at 34th Street).
Library users will have the opportunity to print free copies of such public domain classics as â€śThe Adventures of Tom Sawyerâ€ť by Mark Twain, â€śMoby Dickâ€ť by Herman Melville, â€śA Christmas Carolâ€ť by Charles Dickens and â€śSongs of Innocenceâ€ť by William Blake, as well as appropriately themed in-copyright titles as Chris Andersonâ€™s â€śThe Long Tailâ€ť and Jason Epsteinâ€™s own â€śBook Business.â€ť The public domain titles were provided by the Open Content Alliance (â€śOCAâ€ť), a non-profit organization with a database of over 200,000 titles. The OCA and ODB are working closely to offer this digital content free of charge to libraries across the country. Both organizations have received partial funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Note: The UNC–Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science and ibiblio are members of the Open Content Alliance.