Would you buy a book from this machine?

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.”

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