Will Print-on-Demand Stifle eBooks?

April 30th, 2009 · by spolanka · 1 Comment

There is a really interesting article (with comments) on the TeleRead blog about the Espresso Book Machine.  If you remember, UM purchased the Espresso back in October.   This new article, written by Court Merrigan, focuses on the machine’s use in bookstores – store front or in one’s closet.  It’s big in the UK, with plans to expand the 500,000 title Espresso offering even further if Blackwell can negotiate the rights to in-copyright books.

Merrigan ponders the future of bookstores, amazon, and the impact of POD to the eBook industry.  Comments from publishers offer even more ideas and perspectives.   One comment, from Michael Pastore, states “This machine could also be deployed in libraries, and help make some money for libraries, which are much in need right now. And independent bookstores might be looking at this machine reverently, as a mechanical messiah.”

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  • 1 Ben // Aug 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I was actually wondering the exact question you posed as the title of this article. When I first learned about print on demand not long ago, I instantly wondered how ebooks were going to survive. POD seems so simple and easy. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.