The University of Alberta Bookstore became the first Canadian owner of one of five existing Espresso Book Machines last week. The Print on Demand book production machine will be used for course texts as well as small print runs for Alberta’s trade publishers.
The cost-saving potential, both financial and ecological, is wide-reaching: if all goes according to plan, publishers and end-consumers both save…and no one gets hurt. Shipping and warehousing are unnecessary, out-of-print and obscure titles are accessible and large print runs are no longer essential for low unit costs.
Take a look at this not-so-lean machine and remember, beauty is in the eye of the pocketbook holder.