Friday, June 22, 2007

He's A Terminator Like You, Right?

If brick & mortar bookstores thought that and the internet was a threat, what will they think of the ominous object known simply as 'Espresso'? The Espresso is a vending machine which prints public domain books on demand. At present, it has over 2.5 million titles to choose from. It averages roughly two books every seven minutes, including binding and trimming. The $50,000 objet d'art has already been put into operation at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library, with the New Orleans Public Library, the University of Alberta, the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, and the Open Content Alliance in San Francisco all clearing floor space to fit them in come the fall.
(all info via 1, 2)