It’s the Espresso from On Demand Books, and books is what it brews:
The machine can produce two books simultaneously in seven minutes, a time which includes all the printing, binding and cutting involved. The machine even slaps a snazzy laminated full-color cover on its creations.
Cost: about five cents per page. So a 300-page book (about the size of the paperback of Lost in Translation would cost $15. Expensive for a mass-market paperback, but not for a trade paperback.
Of course, bookstores, publishers, libraries, etc., may well tack their own additional fees onto that.
The machine, which currently costs about $50,000, will debut in “somewhere between 10 and 25 libraries and bookstores in 2007.”