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Morning Roundup: Smashwords Read an eBook Week promotion. Books-a-Million pleased with Espresso pilot
March 2, 2014 | 11:28 am

read an ebook week promotionIs Genre Fiction Creating a Market for Lemons? (Dear Author) Two decisions have converged during the rise of ebooks to make low-production-value, low-priced books much more commonplace. The first is the original decision by the Big 6 publishers to conspire illegally to set and maintain high prices for their ebooks. The second is the decision of authors to self-publish their books and price them much lower than Big 6 books in order to gain market share. *** Smashwords Announces Author Promo for Read an eBook Week (GoodeReader) Dubbed Read an eBook Week, a campaign that runs from March 2nd through 8th, the event offers...

HuffPost buys into Espresso model to save bookstores
January 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm

bookstoresYes, the Huffington Post appears to have bought into the print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine model as the solution to bookstores' woes in the digital age. Or at least, travel writer columnist Eytan Levy does. In his piece "How to Save Local Bookstores in Two Easy Steps," he outlines how these machines and tablet affiliate sales could be the salvation of bricks-and-mortar bibliophilia. Salvation must begin, though, by "recognizing the impending doom of the current model," he believes. "Local bookstores currently face the difficulties of increased overhead due to real estate costs and inventory issues, whereas Amazon can cut those costs by shipping...

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Joins the Espresso Book Machine Network
February 3, 2013 | 5:12 pm

Espresso Book Machine On Demand Books As an unabashed vending machine fanatic and someone who's been involved with the publishing industry for the better part of my adult life, I've long been intrigued by the Espresso Book Machine, owned by On Demand Books. There are currently more than seven million titles available in On Demand Books’ digital network, and on January 30, HarperCollins Christian Publishing joined the Espresso Book Machine program, making its titles available through EBM’s "digital-to-print at retail" sales channel. (HarperCollins' six-month-old expanded Christian publishing division is comprised of two formerly independent publishers, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.) “Christian and inspirational content is an ideal fit for the EBM," said Dane Neller, CEO...

Morning Links — Barnes & Noble VP on tablets and e-readers
January 18, 2013 | 8:59 am

Barnes & Noble VP Jim Hilt on Tablets, eReaders & Discoverability (Good E-Reader) iOS Newstand App Offers Early Peek at New Magazines (GigaOM) As Tablets Supplant eReaders, New Challenges Arrise for Publishers (The Digital Shift) Penguin to Distribute POD Books Via Espresso Book Machine (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Pago Pago Tango (and 3 others) ...

New 3D-photographic scanner will capture 250 book pages per minute
November 19, 2012 | 9:45 pm

dnp1CNet has a report on a new book scanner (Japanese) from Dai Nippon Printing that takes and corrects three-dimensional images of book pages, allowing for them to be scanned at the amazing rate of 250 pages a minute, meaning that the average book could be captured in little more than two to three minutes tops. This is the result of the scanning development technology we covered in March of last year, created by University of Tokyo professors in the hope that it could be used for easy scanning and sharing of manga titles. (The manga studios were not amused.)...

An Espresso Book Machine Comes to Connecticut
September 18, 2012 | 11:33 pm

On Demand Books, the New York-based company behind the Espresso Book Machine (described by the company as "an ATM for books") has just announced the EBM's 31st location in the United States: R.J. Julia Booksellers, a decades-old independent shop located in the shoreline town of Madison, Connecticut. If you happen to find yourself in the area next weekend, you might consider paying a visit to R.J. Julia on September 29, when the shop will be hosting an event to celebrate the arrival of the book machine. (Madison is located about 100 miles/161 kilometers northeast of New York City). "Our goal as a bookstore has always been to...

Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa
July 29, 2012 | 11:06 pm

South African IT news site IT Web reports that the University of Johannesburg has just acquired an Espresso Book Machine of its very own. Most of the article summarizes what we already well know about the print-on-demand machine and its uses for printing and binding store-quality paperbacks in mere minutes, but it does quote On Demand Books as projecting over 150 machines installed world-wide by the end of 2012. It also links to a Guardian article from 2009 in which the head of marketing for UK bookstore chain Blackwell suggested that the Espresso “has the potential to be the...

Borderlands bookstore owner recalculates; Espresso not so expensive after all
June 15, 2012 | 8:17 pm

About a month ago, I covered a blog post by Alan Beatts, proprietor of the Borderlands bookstore in San Francisco, in which he did some back-of-envelope calculations to determine that it could take over a decade for profits to pay down the cost of an Espresso. I just now received an email from Mr. Beatts calling my attention to a new blog post with some updated figures—his prior calculations had been based on out-of-date information. Based on the new figures, Beatts now calculates that, at an average rate of 1 book an hour, the machine would pay itself off...

The Espresso is too expensive for independent bookstores, says owner of San Francisco’s Borderlands Books
May 22, 2012 | 12:48 am

GEDC0263A few days ago I mentioned the Harvard Book Store, which features an Espresso Book Machine which it uses to help it stay relevant in its market, and pondered why it is that more stores aren’t following its example. As it turns out, Alan Beatts has a definitive answer to that on the blog of his San Francisco bookstore Borderlands Books. Beatts ran the numbers for the cost of the machine, materials, and operations, versus how long it would take to pay down those costs at various rates. He determined that if he averaged one book an hour over...

Bookmasters titles to be available on Espresso Book Machine
May 17, 2012 | 9:36 am

Logo One of the biggest problems with the EBM is the lack of titles in its catalog.  Now, Publishers Weekly is reporting that Bookmasters will make its distribution clients' more than 50K POD titles available through the EBM under an agreement with On Demand Books. From the press release: Bookmasters, Inc. and On Demand Books, the company behind the  Espresso Book Machine® (EBM), have entered into an agreement to enable a wide array of  Bookmasters’ distribution clients’ titles to be available through EBM’s fast growing “digital-to-print at retail” sales channel. According to Larry Bennett, Bookmasters’ President of Distribution Services, “this agreement will  allow our...

Espresso Book Machine not without its drawbacks, University of Utah librarian reports
May 14, 2012 | 12:15 pm

Speaking of the Espresso, a digital publisher’s paen to self-publishing through it led me to a blog post from last year in which librarian Rick Anderson of the University of Utah’s Marriott Library discussed the Espresso’s pros and cons in a bit greater depth than I’ve seen other posts go into. The problems Anderson found mainly have to do with a few technical glitches in the device itself, particularly due to the desert climate of his library being drier than the Espresso was originally designed for. Also, the device has a 45-minute-to-1-hour warmup time due to the glue...

Harvard Book Store offers proof independent bookstores can survive digital age
May 14, 2012 | 10:15 am

HVD-BKSTR1Can bookstores survive in an e-book world? Leigh Beadon of Techdirt thinks they can, if they play to their strengths. Beadon points out that when people talk nostalgically about bookstores, they are usually referring to their local independent stores, not the soulless big box chains. Where the big box chains have been outcompeted by Amazon on the only advantages they had to offer—convenience, selection, and price—the independent stores offer a sense of community, which isn’t as easy to outcompete on-line. While there has been concern that customers would use such a store as a “showroom” where they look at...