I have always been a great lover of books. I can remember reading Lord of the Rings in 6th grade and just being enchanted. Most of my leisure time these days is spent reading some book or another. I also have my first book being published later this year. So, needless to say, I am very interested in the publishing industry.
Technology has had two major impacts on publishing in the past 20 years. First, the rise of the Internet has led to the dominance of Amazon in the book-selling world. The days of going to your local mom-and-pop book shop for your latest read is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, books are bought online. Second, e-books have recently started making inroads in the bibliophile world (again, led by Amazon and their Kindle device), which has changed the book-reading experience itself.
But another technology, called the Espresso Book Machine, has the potential to reverse both of those recent trends. Take a look:
So with the EBM, anyone who can afford this machine (which is quite pricey right now), can have an almost unlimited inventory of paper-bound books. Imagine going to your local bookstore and having any book available to buy! Furthermore, this machine doesn’t create e-books, it creates traditional paper-bound books.
It will be interesting to see if this technology takes off in the market and what kind of impact it has on Amazon and other modern booksellers.