The Antidote for e-Books
Clare Dickens just wanted to share her story so that others could learn from it but she inevitably became a successful and independent author thanks to some help from an instant publishing machine and a local bookstore.
Even though Ms. Dickens did find a publisher in her native Iceland she did manage to release her book later on in 2007 but yet wanted to reach a broader audience. Known as the Espresso Book Machine located at Politics and Prose in Washington she was able to bring her story to both local bookshelves and internationally. Since then her book has become a best selling title at the book store and also its website.
Self publishing has been made very easy thanks to the Espresso Book Machine managed by On Demand Books which made its debut back in 2006. This machine can also make copies out of hundreds of books which are out of print.
The very first machine was installed briefly at the famous World Bank bookstore as they partnered with Xerox, but now the company has grown to over 70 bookstores and various libraries around the globe including big cities such as Amsterdam, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, Melbourne, Alexandria, Egypt, and London.
According to Sigvaldason who is the Chief Technology Officer at the company which is based in New York said that the system is going to help retailers in to big ways i.e. it will give them a large virtual inventory which means that they will be able to carry as many books as the great Amazon does but without the extra space requirement. This turns independent stores into places where people can get their books published. So this is not just a place to sell books but also create them.