Those more interested in books than fashion know that there’s been much hype about the Amazon Kindle
, which promises to make book reading and buying more convenient. But purists who long for the feeling of a page between their fingertips may be more intrigued by the Espresso Book Machine. The “EBM” can print paperback books from digital files for about three dollars each. That means that libraries can print essentially unlimited copies of more than 200,000 books that are currently in the public domain. Founder Jason Epstein’s original vision
was to implement the machines universally in newsstands, coffee shops, bookstores and even cruise ships. Now, the marketing strategy targets libraries, where it could exponentially increase the number of available titles and copies in a collection.