One Book, Light and Sweet
By JENNIFER MALONEY - Wall Street JournalTucked among the cafe tables in the Brooklyn Public Library headquarters' echoing main hall, a new machine whirred and buzzed. Then, down a chute, slipped a fresh, warm paperback.
The Espresso Book Machine, an instant, on-demand printing press, had arrived in Brooklyn.
Photo left - Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
The Espresso Book Machine 2.0 is about 5 feet tall and 7 feet wide. It smells of glue, hums like a copy machine and can print a book in as little as four minutes.
Ms. Johnson said that when she began exploring the acquisition of a book machine last year, she was quoted a price of $125,000—a financial risk the library couldn't take on. The manufacturer agreed to install it at no cost and to operate the machine with its own staff.
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