Tuesday, January 09, 2007

a $50,000.00 pack of gum

The New York Public Library has theirs (well, will have, by February) , do you have yours? Apparently it's set to debut in ten to twenty-five bookstores this year: you plop your money in it pops out a book.
"The machine can print, align, mill, glue and bind two books simultaneously in less than seven minutes, including full-color laminated covers. It prints in any language and will even accommodate right-to-left texts by putting the spine on the right. The upper page limit is 550 pages, though by tweaking the page thickness and type size, you could get a copy of War and Peace (albeit tough to read) if you wanted."
Currently there are about 2.5 million titles available, titles that are out of copyright. This thing brings two immediate questions to my mind. Who is footing the bill for the machine in the first place? And who really wants the books these machines print out?
*on second thought they *could be* kinda cool depending on the cost, the size, the look, yakna, hmmm...

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