On Demand Books, the company behind the Espresso Book Machine, and Kodak are partnering to add print-on-demand technology to Kodak Picture Kiosks. That means consumers will be able to print paperback photo books, self-published books and the seven million backlist and public domain titles in On Demand’s catalog from retail chains such as CVS.
From the Kodak News Release:
The venture brings together On Demand Books’ innovative, in-store Espresso Book Machine to national retailers integrated with KODAK Picture Kiosks, giving consumers a full-service digital-to-print media center for all their custom print needs: from photo books, custom/local self-published titles, to educational supplements, and more.
On Demand Books is also working with ReaderLink to bring in-copyright titles to non-trade bookseller channels, allowing customers to have immediate access to a vast array of non-stocked and backlist titles at point of sale.[Clip]
The partnership will involve North American retailers during 2012 and then expand internationally in 2013. The integrated KODAK Picture Kiosk and On Demand Books solution will include the following features and functionality:
- Integration of the Espresso Book Machine and EspressNet with the KODAK Picture Kiosk
- Ability to print and bind paperback photo books using KODAK Printers in just minutes
- Access to more than 7 million in-copyright or public domain books via On Demand’s digital database
- Assistance with creation and ability to print self-published books of all types
- Reporting of transactions and customer analytics to both retailers and publishers
Kodak has a market leadership position in the photo category with worldwide installations of kiosks with national retailers such as CVS/pharmacy in the US, DM in Germany and Officeworks in Australia, among many others.