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The New Print on Demand: Want a Book with that Coffee?

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bookwithcoffee copyPrint on demand ushered in an era of speed and changed our expectations forever. You can upload a manuscript and book cover to a publisher’s or printer’s website and within days get the print copy.

The Espresso Book Machine has stepped it up to another level. Now you can get a full book printed while you wait, before you finish your latte. It’s the only digital-to-print-to-retail process available so far.

Major publishers and printers are already using this machine to service their clients, but now you can print your own self-published book and take out another middleman.

This amazing machine is available in a few university bookstores, libraries and coffee shops in the USA and other countries.

Watch the video to see it at work. Then check to find the location near you so you can dash over with your manuscript to see the Espresso Book Machine firsthand.

Below the video, you’ll see the buzz this machine is creating on Twitter.

Leave your comments telling me what you think the Espresso Book Machine means for the future of publishing.

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Before you can print your book, you must write it, of course. If you need a companion to get you started on your publishing journey, discover how I can help you here.


  1. Fascinating! I wasn’t able to see the video as the internet is slow tonight but I’ll come back to check it out. I’m not quite clear on how it works so I really want to see! Thanks for keeping us abreast of the latest.

  2. Wow. I would love to see one of these things up close and personal.

    Just another nail in the traditional publisher coffin.

    Happy “Link Party!’

    • Hi Crystal,

      I’m looking forward to using this machine asap.
      You’re right The traditional publisher is on notice.

  3. Thanks for sharing Flora – that is amazing!

    • Hi Anthony, this machine is amazing. I recently used one to experiment with turning a Kindle book into a print book. The finished look is professional, the cost was affordable and, of course it was printed in record time. The publishing landscape continues to change, sprouting new and faster ways to get our thoughts to the world.

  4. Wish there was one of these in Iowa! I’d use it for sure.

    • Hi Carol,

      You can digitally order a book from Espresso Machine and have it shipped to you. Even though I have one fairly close to me, I didn’t want to make time to go there so I emailed the file, they printed it and shipped it to me. Doing it this way takes more time since shipping it is lots slower than the actual printing. Look up the one in the state nearest one and give them a call. Be aware that the fees vary from place to place. So far, the public library I use is the only one I found that doesn’t impose a setup fee, and charges an affordable fee for the printing with no minimum order.


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