Print Lives

While some folks are passionate about reading, it is clear that the thought of a book store has been usurped by the likes of Amazon. It’s pretty tough to match the stocking depth of Internet retailers that are more aggregators of supply chain than purveyors of printed journeys. There’s a change in the story, though. It’s not elegant and it’s not sexy – it looks like a large photocopier – but the Espresso Book Machine is being billed as the biggest change for the literary world since Gutenberg invented the printing press more than 500 years ago and made the mass production of books possible. Launching today at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road branch in London, the machine prints and binds books on demand in five minutes, while customers wait. You no longer have to deal with out of stocks or out of print titles. Order your title and a double, half caf soy latte with cinnamon… wait a bit and go home happy. “They” also predicted that automatic film processing would never become ubiquitous. Now it’s in nearly every grocery and drug store being made obsolete by digital cameras…


2 Responses to “Print Lives”

  1. 1 Anna
    April 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Automatic film processing is no longer in every grocery store. I had to go to three stores before I finally found a Ritz Camera that could develop it. The girl at CVS actually did not seem to know what a roll of film was. She kept looking for a bar code to scan.

  2. April 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    That’s going to hurt my habit of buying last year’s books on sale, isn’t it?

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