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GUEST,petr 28 May 09 - 06:02 PM
katlaughing 28 May 09 - 06:06 PM
Leadfingers 28 May 09 - 08:00 PM
jeddy 28 May 09 - 09:00 PM
Amos 28 May 09 - 11:11 PM
Micca 29 May 09 - 04:40 AM

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Subject: BS: Espresso machine - an ATM for books
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 28 May 09 - 06:02 PM

I have heard about this a couple of years ago but now they are being installed..

ATM for books

As a printer, this is actually nothing new..
various printer/copiers have been able to print and bind books for a while. (Doing saddlestitch, coil, or perfect binding - like paperbacks)

But the significance here is that one can choose from a huge number of books that are out of print and in the public domain
and they are working on a deal to include copyright holders for existing books.. And print it out affordable cost.

And for your own publishing, now you can print one or a dozen books, when not long ago you had to do 500 or more to be worthwhile..

Ive gone into huge bookstores like Chapters here in Canada
and they didnt have the books I was looking for.. Sure you can get things on Amazon, but sometimes they are out of print.

I don't know how this might affect regular book market - but generally paperbacks that don't sell - the bookstore strips off the cover and sends it back to the publisher for a refund. The inside is discarded or recycled.. That waste might be reduced.

I know that kindle and various ebook readers exist but personally I like the feel of a book so I don't see myself using one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Espresso machine - an ATM for books
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 May 09 - 06:06 PM

My doctor told me about these! They are being set up in airports, esp. and I love the idea of them!


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Subject: RE: BS: Espresso machine - an ATM for books
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 May 09 - 08:00 PM

One of the Radio 4 progs did a bit on these ! Had a race to see who could get a particular book fastest - Buy on Line , order from shop , or E Book Print out at Waterstones !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Espresso machine - an ATM for books
From: jeddy
Date: 28 May 09 - 09:00 PM

this sounds fantastic. i can't wait to see if it catches on.

can you remember who won?


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Subject: RE: BS: Espresso machine - an ATM for books
From: Amos
Date: 28 May 09 - 11:11 PM

I have just recently downloaded fifty classics--Kipling, Huxley, etc.--for 99 cents onto my iPhone, and read them happily whenever I get a chance. The visual layout is just as easy on the eye as print, and the page turning is an effortless flick of the thumb; the whole library slips into my pocket when I need to be onto other things, and opens where I left it when I come back.

There are hundreds of others available on the 'Net for free of little money, as well.

It's a reader's paradise. Much as I love soft paper and good bindings and artistic fonts, this is a very happy alternative.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Espresso machine - an ATM for books
From: Micca
Date: 29 May 09 - 04:40 AM

I would hope the next step is to cut out the paper and simply download to Memory card or eBook direct and save all those trees. A lot of Kipling and many of my favourites (which are now out of copyright)are available free at Project Gutenberg for download.


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