Bookshop revolution with while-u-wait printing contraption
Keen readers will soon be able to buy books printed while they wait with a new service from Blackwells in London’s Charing Cross Road.
The EBM (Espresso Book Machine) will be able to bang out a tome from a catalogue of 400,000 titles in just a few minutes, giving the customer a book that Blackwells say will be identical to one that would be found on the shelf.
Readers will also be able to print out books from CDs and flash drives, meaning they’ll be able to get hard copies of out-of-print works that have been archived online.
If it proves a success and is rolled out around the country, the EBM will help reduce the pulping of unsold books as well as cutting down on pollution caused by transporting books to and from warehouses.
Despite its name, the Espresso WON’T also serve coffee to customers, so for that reason alone, we’re giving it a big Bitterwallet THUMBS DOWN!