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Thursday, 18 September 2008
U. Michigan Library adds Espresso Book Machine
The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus Blog has a post about a new addition to the U. Michigan Library - a machine that acts as an "ATM for books". The library says it's the first university library to install the machine. Just about any digitized, out-of-copyright book from Michigan’s collection can be printed and bound on the spot. Printing takes five to seven minutes, and the cost is about $10 per book. Users will also be able to print books from online sources such as the Open Content Alliance.
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Twenty years ago, I jokingly postulated a machine like this in a public library. Weird to think that we're there in my lifetime.
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