The largest bookseller in the United States, Barnes and Noble is implementing a pilot project to put the Espresso Book Machine at three locations.
The Espresso Book Machine is a print on demand machine that prints, collates, covers, and binds a single book in a few minutes. Each machine retails for $80,000, which is a significant investment.
What is the entire point of Print on Demand? Well, indie authors often take advantage of it to have their physical books printed when someone orders it online. Barnes and Noble will also be able to print bestselling and back list titles from Ingram Lightning Source.
If you are would like to check out the book machine for yourself it is currently available at the flagship Union Square store in New York and also Paramus, N.J, and Willow Grove, Pa.