Espresso Book Machine – Daily Telegraph Test Drive Gazumped by

Matthew Moore, writing for today’s Daily Telegraph, was one of the first to test the Espresso Book Machine in Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road shop. It took just eleven minutes to produce a bound edition of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s classic novel, Crime & Punishment.

The book is just one of 400,000 titles available to print at the shop with the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). This Is the start of a three month trial of the machine and it is hoped it will be a success and the machine will become a fixed feature in the store.

The machine can be used to print any ‘out of stock’ book instore as well as a useful utility for unpublished writers to load and print a single copy of their own tomes.

The printing costs are expensive, a minimum of £10 plus 2 pence per page.

You can see the full Daily Telegraph article here.

It seems Matthew Moore of the Daily Telegraph must have been going shoulder to shoulder with Nicholas Clee of as he suggests that the first book off the press from the Espresso Book Machine was The RSC Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Other Poems (Palgrave Macmillan). And what’s more has a photograph on their website to prove it, right here!

Watch the EBM in action here.

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