The Espresso Book Printing Machine (EBM) has got to be the coolest thing to enter the publishing world since the e-book.the espresso printing machine is amazing
I watched a book printed and bound before our eyes at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg in a matter of approximately five minutes. The book that was printed in the EBM machine was a first class product and looked as though you’d plucked it right off the bookshelf.
Here’s the link to a video of a book being printed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wte2vdmxOk4. Awesome.
How wonderful that is for authors, booksellers, and the book-buying public! Authors no longer have to print large quantities of their books when self-publishing. Booksellers no longer have to carry any quantity of a particular title. All they really need is one or two in order to give customers the opportunity to see and feel the book they want to purchase. And customers no longer have to place an order and wait for books that are out of stock. It’s a win-win-win situation.
McNally Robinson has a terrific website with a full section devoted to self-publishing as they have printed, sold, and hosted book launches and events for more authors than any other bookseller in Manitoba. I had my own launch for “Before You Say Yes … A Guide to the Pleasures & Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards” back in 2010 and it was one of the highlights of my writing career. John Toews is truly an event-planning expert with the author in mind.
The McNally site tells us that the self-published author has three areas of concern:
Production: With the EBM, you prepare your manuscript according to specifications and sign an agreement with McNally Robinson. You can then print anywhere from one to hundreds of copies of your book. Cost is generally ~$10/book to print on the EBM.
Promotion: As a customer of the EBM agreement, McNally will help you arrange a book launch in their beautiful store and will publicize it extensively for you.
Distribution: McNally Robinson will sell the book in their stores, will sell it on their e-commerce site, and will make it available for Print-on-Demand purchase at other bookstores that have EBM’s anywhere around the world.
I will be self-publishing “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate” in November and may be using the Espresso machine for a ‘toned down’ black & white version of my own book as an option to the more costly full colour version. I am still compiling research and this post is part of that process. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you used the EBM to print your own self-published book? Were you pleased with the process?
Have you used the EBM to print a book you were purchasing as a member of the book-buying public? Were you pleased with the quality of the product the machine produced for you?
Please share your thoughts and experiences with us all. We’re all learning from one another and I’m thrilled to be your hostess for the process.
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