Blackwell Espresso Book Machine marks a new era for publishing
on: April 17, 2009, 3:23 am
the UK's leading academic bookseller, has unveiled the launch
of the 2.0 Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at its flagship store,
100 Charing Cross London. It is the first bookshop installation
of its kind within the UK, allowing any book to be selected from
an inexhaustible network of titles and prints on demand in just
3 minutes from a digital file onsite, online at www.blackwell.co.uk,
or uploaded in person from CDs or flash drives.
EBM, created by On Demand Books (ODB), uses revolutionary technology
that allows publishers to offer titles through a novel channel
of distribution at point of sale to the customer. It is able to
print, bind and trim library-quality paperback books at 112 pages
per minute, complete with four-colour covers, identical to factory
arrival of the EBM in the UK is the result of an exclusive partnership
between Blackwell and ODB and is anticipated to be welcomed amongst
publishers, retailers and consumers alike. The Charing Cross EBM
is hoped to be the first of many to be rolled out by Blackwell.
Its debut at the flagship store will be followed by an appearance
at the London Book Fair (April 20-22) before returning to its
central London home permanently.
EBM marks a new era for publishing and book retailing. It will
enable publishers to cut out supply chain costs, match consumer
demands and therefore eliminate unwanted returns. The EBM also
removes the need for transportation, adding green credentials
to the already impressive list of benefits saving on CO2 emissions
and the pulping of unwanted books.
predicts the EBM will increase shop sales due to being able to
provide a far greater variety of books and popular titles to customers.
Books needn't be out of stock again and the need to wait for books
to arrive from a publisher should be a thing of the past. In addition,
the EBM is able to bring rare texts back into production. As a
committed supporter of small & independent publishers, the
EBM allows Blackwell to provide a distribution channel for smaller
publishers and hopes to attract a new audience of eager, budding
authors and self publishers keen to see their work in print.
Hutchings, CEO of Blackwell, commented: "From the first instance
we read about the Espresso Book Machine we were very keen to see
it in action. From a retailer's and book supplier's point of view
this is a fantastic opportunity for Blackwell. We are very much
looking forward to working with ODB."
Neller, CEO of On Demand Books commented: "Blackwell is a
superb partner of choice for us to launch in the UK market. It
has an outstanding pedigree of book history behind it with a reputation
to innovate. Blackwell's academic
books and specialist credentials both here and overseas are
well suited for demonstrating the extent of the Espresso Book
Machine's capabilities and we believe together we can maximise
this exciting development in the book market."
can go to Blackwell's Charing Cross book store from April 27th
onwards to witness their book printed on the spot, or order a
print on demand book online through the Blackwell site.
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Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with over
50 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an
international reputation for bookselling excellence with links
to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has
continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university
campuses up and down the country.
specialist in medical
books and law
books, Blackwell has now
been trading for over 125 years from its world-famous flagship
store at Broad Street in Oxford.
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