The Small Bookstore’s Savior?

Could on-demand printing of books save small bookstores?  No comment from Barnes & Noble screams “quite possibly” to me.

Rick forwards a great article from the Boston Globe about a bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont that has taken delivery of the country’s first “Espresso”, an on-demand “Book Machine” that prints books – covers and all – while you wait.  Right now, the machine has access to 85,000 titles, but obviously the sky’s as limitless as those for the much hyped (and IMO) uninspiring Kindle.

So, Little shop.  Any interest?

6 thoughts on “The Small Bookstore’s Savior?”


  1. Hi DM,
    fyi, it’s savior, not savoir, which is a culinary gourmet magazine, i think ….

  2. DM, have you read from a Kindle? I was unimpressed as well until I held one in my hands. Now I am intrigued, although not intrigued enough to shell out the money as long as I still have a library card.

    1. Parker, I’ve held a Kindle but can’t say I’ve read from one for any extended period of time.

      I must be getting old because I’m not a big fan. First there is the initial price. Secondly, I have enough things I worry about breaking in my bag. Thirdly, the price that FM Fats cites below is temporary at best. Amazon is eating the cost (and taking a loss) so they can get more people hooked. Then when everyone is using them, they’ll jack the price.

      Thanks cranky.

  3. I gave my wife a Kindle for her birthday in April. She loves it because she travels frequently for business. I’ll probably borrow it soon and see if uit’s as good as she says. I like the price of bestsellers for the Kindle; they’re generally around ten bucks. She’s read the latest WWll historical fiction by Alan Furst and is most of the way through Coraghessan Boyle’s latest novel about Frank Lloyd Wright.

  4. I would consider Kindle, but out of the 312,520 titles listed in Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, not one of them is from a series of books I read.

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