February 3, (MADISON, CT and NEW YORK, NY) – R.J. Julia is installing an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) in their bookstore on March 1, 2012. R.J. Julia is widely considered to be one of the most vibrant and successful small independent bookstores in the country.
The EBM brings a revolutionary book-publishing technology to one of the most respected independent booksellers in the world.
The EBM is the only digital-to-print at retail solution on the market. Within minutes, the EBM can produce a bookstore quality paperback with color cover, in any standard trim size, atpoint of sale. The content is fed to the machine via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of over seven million titles.
Like iTunes, EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits and catalogues books from a multitude of English and foreign language content providers (including public domain, in copyright, and self-published). Through the SelfEspress software, writers can format, design, edit, and upload their physical book for printing and inclusion on the EBM catalog, as well as convert the print file to epub format.
The EBM provides a new sales channel for publishers and vastly increases the availability of titles for physical bookstores, significantly reducing loss of sales due to books being out-of-stock. And the EBM technology offers bricks-and-mortar retailers theopportunity to become community self-publishing centers, providing a new distribution platform for self-published authors. EBM improves efficiency and sustainability by eliminating shipping, returns, and pulping of unwanted books.
"Our goal as a bookstore has always been to introduce writer to reader; now we have the opportunity to allow the reader to be a writer as well," said Roxanne Coady of R.J. Julia. "We're thrilled to give our customers and the community the ability to print booksinstantly in our store."
Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books commented, “On Demand Books is delighted that an Espresso has found a home at R.J. Julia, a beating heart of the Madison, Connecticut, community. With the Espresso, R.J. Julia will offer their customers a self-publishing tool like no other – an increasingly popular and profitable business center for bookstores."
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