The 'Mr. Coffee' of Bookmaking

A close-up look at the Espresso Book Machine and InstaBook Maker, and the future of book-at-a-time technology.

The second (and smaller and cheaper) model of the Espresso Book Machine was launched in late 2008, and is scheduled for installation at mulitple universities, bookstores and other retailers worldwide in the first half of 2009 and beyond, according to the company. The book-at-a-time technology enables on-demand, point-of-sale printing, binding and trimming of paperback books with four-color covers.

Dane Neller, On Demand Books