“It allows people to print a book that maybe they can’t otherwise get, some obscure title that happens to be in the public domain. This machine brings to our collection an additional eight million titles that are in the public domain or that are copyrighted but the publishers are allowing to be a part of our library,” Linda Johnson, President of the Brooklyn Public Library told 1010 WINS.
Another great option that users have when using the machine is to print and publish their own work.
“People are doing quite a lot of self-publishing,” Johnson said. “Because Brooklyn does have a lot of writers, it wouldn’t surprise me if that was one of the biggest uses.”
Currently On Demand Books offers consulting services for authors, with packages for formatting advice, a proof copy and a free upload of revisions for $149.
The library is currently holding a contest to name the new machine and accepting entries until March 15.
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