Sunday, November 05, 2006

Vending Machine Books

I read this article in London Transport's free daily newspaper, Metro: Tuesday, Oct. 31

Book Rush: Instant books could be printed and sold in vending machines thanks to a technological breakthrough. A printer has been designed to spew out 1,000 pages a minute. The best machines can currently produce only 50 pages a minute and are limited by the size of their printer head. The new JeTrix machine has a head designed to be as big as the page and can eject all the ink in one go. The team in Israel say it could be on the market in two years.

I don't know how reliable this information is or who the so-called "team in Israel" may be, but nevertheless, I thought this was a very interesting development in book publishing. Also, would this technology be used exclusively for books or would it include magazines and newspapers?


At 11:01 AM, Blogger Cynthia said...

I remember reading that somewhere! In that article, the author stipulated that in the future, instead of huge bookstores stocking hundreds of volumes, bookstores would have one display copy and would print a new one for each purchase. I wonder how binding would work. And what about cover art? I would hate to lose some the the book art...although there is certainly a segment of cover art I'd be happy to trash.


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