The Espresso Book Machine Arrives At Powell’s Books
Portland, OR and New York, NY, May 4, 2012—On Friday, May 4, Powell’s Books, Inc. will launch the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at its legendary City of Books flagship store location at 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR.
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 produces a bookstore quality paperback with a color cover, in any standard trim size, at point of sale. The content is fed to the machine via EspressNet®, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of over eight million titles.
EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits, and catalogues books from a multitude of English and foreign language sources (including public domain sources, traditional publishers, and self-published authors). Additionally, through On Demand Books’ SelfEspress® software, writers can format, design, edit, and upload their book for printing into a physical book and inclusion on the EBM catalog worldwide.
The EBM brings convenient, cost-effective and sustainable technology to Portland-area readers and authors. The EBM improves efficiency and sustainability by eliminating shipping, returns, and pulping of unwanted books.
"We are excited to offer this service to our customers, expanding our vast inventory at the City of Books location from one million volumes to nearly limitless volumes," says Miriam Sontz, Chief Operating Officer for Powell's Books. "It is yet another way we can be valuable and relevant to readers and authors as the distribution channels for books continue to evolve. We are thrilled by this opportunity to work with On Demand Books as our business partner in this venture."
“We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with one of the truly great bookstores in the country,” said Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books. “To have our Espresso Book Machine in Powell’s is a dream come true. We look forward to working with Powell’s to actively drive sales of publisher content.”
About Powell’s Books and Powells.com
Powell’s is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon since 1971, with four general bookstores and one specialty store. Its flagship store takes up an entire city block, offering 68,000 square feet of used, new, rare, and out-of-print books. Powells.com offers the combined inventory of its five retail locations and five warehouses - approximately four million books in all. The site features exclusive author interviews and essays, as well as a stable of internationally respected book reviewers and content partners.
About On Demand Books
On Demand Books was cofounded in 2003 by Jason Epstein, former Editorial Director of Random House; Dane Neller, former CEO of Dean & DeLuca; and Thor Sigvaldason, former technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Espresso Book Machines have been placed in bookstores, libraries, universities, and other locations in the USA, Canada, the UK, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean. In September 2010, On Demand Books and Xerox announced a partnership whereby Xerox will market, sell or lease, and service the Espresso Book Machine worldwide. Made in the USA, Espresso Book Machines are environmentally efficient, reducing storage, shipping, and waste. For more information, go to www.ondemandbooks.com.
Miriam Sontz, Powell's Books, 503-228-4651 x1845, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Hardy, On Demand Books, 212-966-2222, email@example.com.