Canada: The Windsor Public Library’s Espresso Book Machine Has Produced 10,699 Books in Three Years
From The Windsor Star:
[Sue] Perry runs the main library’s self-publishing Espresso Book Machine which has produced 10,699 books in three years and she hopes to be even busier delivering professionally-bound paperback books into the hands of local authors.
Windsor was the first public library in Canada to install such a machine in 2012 so it wasn’t clear how well it would be received. Three years later, the service isn’t a money-maker but its growing popularity and a proposed fee increase could help it break even.
The machine is growing in popularity. In its first half year, the machine pumped out 986 books. So far this year, it has printed more than 4,000 books.
There have been more than 248 individual titles produced, books in English, Arabic, Polish, Spanish and French, and authors from teenagers to writers in their 80s.
[Our emphasis] Although people can make a copy of an out-of-print book, 98 per cent of the customers are self publishing, she said.
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