More things that should have happened 10 years ago

Revolutionary Espresso Book Machine launches in London | Books | guardian.co.uk

the Espresso offers access to almost half a million books, from a facsimile of Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript for Alice in Wonderland to Mrs Beeton’s Book of Needlework. Blackwell hopes to increase this to over a million titles by the end of the summer – the equivalent of 23.6 miles of shelf space, or over 50 bookshops rolled into one. The majority of these books are currently out-of-copyright works, but Blackwell is working with publishers throughout the UK to increase access to in-copyright writings,

OK, a nicely glued binding and decent format are good, but seriously, this shows just how slowly real innovation moves. This is essentially mid-90s technology that suffered from a lot of detours (like Amazon).

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