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Books on demand

07/15/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/6/prweb534914.htm

I can't decide if this print-on-demand technology is going to improve matters or not. It's fun to pop into a bookstore with a huge collection and browse the aisles. This is going to kill that. On the other hand, I usually can't find what I'm looking for in most bookstores (although typically I pick up a bunch of other stuff instead.)

The downside is that all it'll print at the moment is content in the public domain, presumably so there's no issue with author-based compensation or existing publishing contracts. However, given the pricing structure on the machine, I suspect this going to send a very very big ripple through the publishing industry.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.

(Via Wired)

 

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