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A Different Use for VIPub February 12, 2010

Posted by bobv451 in Haiti, inventions, VIPub, writing.

The print world will never go away, and this is a wonderful example. But this is certainly a nontraditional publication and shows how disasters such as Haiti can bring about innovative uses for technology. If you haven’t come across the Espresso Book Machine, go to YouTube and hunt down a demo video such as this one. Literally print-on-demand. Literally print as you watch.

Such technology could put traditional bookstores out of business. The only need for bookstore inventory would be as an example. You see a book you want, it’s printed in front of your eyes. Stock clerks become less in demand than techs to keep the machine running and supplied with ink and paper.

I have books available through the entire network of EBM–all the Zumaya Otherworld titles, including Alien Death Fleet are. The only EBM I know of “nearby” is in the new Orleans Public Library. Units are spread worldwide. Lightning Source also uses this for titles such as Scott Phillips’ Unsafe on Any Screen.

But the use of the EBM to publish necessary documents for Haitian aid workers kicks up the use of print-on-demand to a new level. A traditional publisher would be working on this, oh, next year.

POD we must.



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