Print-on-demand technology: what are your options and are POD books really a viable alternative to the e-revolution? With all the talk that we do about e-books, and the coverage that we give this emerging — or possibly the correct tense is emerged — e-book market, it seemed only fair that we pause in our almost overwhelming praise to consider the options available for readers who prefer to hold a print book in their hands.
Today, I am taking a look at whether the Espresso Book Machine, pictured left, may hold answers for the publishing industry and readers who love traditional print format books.
The Espresso Book Machine is the invention of Jason Epstein, who has already changed the publishing industry in amazing ways. Epstein is widely lauded as the creator of the mass market paperback in the 1950s, after seeing that there would be a market for these books during his time at Columbia University. The man is also behind the creation of The Reader’s Catalog, which allowed booklovers access to titles that were no longer on the shelves of chain bookstores, during the end of the 1980s — a program that is often credited as the precursor to the online retailer Amazon.