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Old Aug 16 2006, 12:17 AM   #6
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Default Re: Espresso Book Machine -- poised to revolutionize the paperback industry?

Certainly sounds interesting. For out of print and small edition books this would be absolutely fantastic, as well as airports and the like. It would also simplify payments to authors, as they wouldn't have to wait for publishers to get covers back from books that have been reported as unsold or destroyed. The machines would keep track of how many copies of each book have been sold, and the publisher would pay the author accordingly.
One problem I can see, though, is that the machines would be publisher-specific, and outlets which want to offer a catalog from several publishers would need to buy or lease an equal number of machines.
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