February 28, 2008

The Future of Books?

I was just reading a bit about the Espresso Book Machine. This baby can print and bind a 300-page book in under 4 minutes. The idea is that, if the idea takes off, that for $3 one can have the machine produce a copy of a book...even one that's hard to find.


Blogger Jenn said...

Yes, but it doesn't eliminate copyright issues. And the copyrights have been extended in large part thanks to Ms. Hemingway. Personally, I think the "old man" is overrated.

Fair use is a tricky issue when it comes to this and many times even if you the publisher takes a work that's hard to find, and don't charge a profit, you are still in copyright violation, and this also includes the Academic community.

So before you do it, make sure you're covered.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Rothar said...

I was under the impression that this was just like buying a book in a bookstore...except that a machine was printing it out for you. So instead of being printed in a factory, shipped to the store, where you buy a cold copy off the shelf, you'd be able to buy a warm copy right out of the machine.

12:06 AM  

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