Or how to print your own book.
The World Bank's Infoshop inaugurated today the world's first commercial book Print on Demand (POD) device (or Espresso book machine).
The new machine as a technological innovation promises to revolutionize how we buy books. It allows printing and binding a single copy of a book at the point of demand without human interactions. Buying a book will eventually be very similar to getting cash from an ATM. You choose a title, insert a credit card to pay for the book -- and walk away with the finished book a few minutes later. On a global scale this would eliminate shipping and warehousing costs for books (thereby also eliminating returns and pulping of unsold books) and allow simultaneous global availability of new books. POD offers the opportunity to deliver development knowledge and content to students, practitioners, media, and simply interested individuals in a way they could not be reached before.
The still-warm espresso book looked great when it came out of the machine. Could these machines change the editorial world as we know it?
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