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This morning I was paging through the Best Inventions of 2007 in the
November 12th issue of Time magazine. On p.87, they highlight "an ATM for
Books."  According to the blurb, the Espresso Book Machine can "churn out a
300-page paperback on demand, complete with color cover, in just 3 min" for
only $3 a book.  It predicts that this invention could "transform libraries
into minibookstores, making hard-to-find titles as accessible as

Right now, the machine costs $50,000, so I don't think we'll see one in my
library anytime soon.  Think of the possibilities...and the challenges -
copyright issues alone!

Laura Strathman
Library media specialist
Maplewood Richmond Heights LMC
St. Louis, MO

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