Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Espresso Machine as printer

No, not that kind of espresso machine. This one is a book printing hurricane of a machine that can print a 300-page book in less than 5 minutes.

Google has announced plans to allow On Demand Books, maker of The Espresso Machine printer, to start printing copies of some of the millions of books Google has in their digital library. Yes, printing, as in paper. This would appear to make no sense at all, but the key to this idea is that the books they want to print are ones that are not in print any longer. The first ones in line for this ability are ones that are no longer copyright protected.

As reported in a Seattle Times article on Sept. 17, Google spokeswoman Jennie Johnson said, "This will allow people to pick up the physical copy of a book even if there may be just one or two other copies in some library in this country, or maybe it's not even available in this country at all."


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