Reflecting on 2011: Denver’s literary machine made an impact heard nationwide: Part three.
Exciting news from the Tattered Cover, concerning print-on-demand publishing
The Espresso Book Machine®, or EBM is an innovative book-printing machine that allows you, the author or reader, to print your book on demand, with its own full color paperback cover. It is the only digital-to-print device available, for use directly at the retailer. Along with the convenience of this amazing technology, the Tattered Cover has created a community self-publishing center under the name, Tattered Cover Press: providing a user friendly service for self-published authors, as well as non-profit organizations, schools, and business. The union brings SelfEspress software (that can format, design, and edit, while also uploading physical books for print and inclusion on the EBM catalog, as well as convert the print file to an .epub format suitable for e-readers) together with one of the nation’s most well know independent bookstores to ultimately create the only hub of its kind in the Colorado area.
Aside from the printing and binding advantages for the community, the EBM opens a different kind of gateway for publishers to increase the availability of titles without the overhead of mass printing obligations. What does this mean? It will increase efficiency while maintaining market stability by cutting shipping rates, reducing returns, and nearly eliminating the need to pulp warehouses full of unwanted books. It will also dramatically increase the customers’ selection, while reducing loss of ‘Tattered’ sales due to books being out-of-stock. With the ability to access On Demand Books’ growing digital network of over seven million titles (including public domain, in copyright, and self-published) within minutes of making your request, the EBM will deliver virtually any book, in any standard trim size. (For more information go to www.ondemandbooks.com.) This means more options for readers and a boon for writers, schools, businesses, and the family’s memoirist.
“We at the Tattered Cover are thrilled to be the first in Colorado to be able to provide this new service to our customers,” said Joyce Meskis, owner of the bookstore. “It will enhance our inventory selection by providing quick access to millions of books that can be printed in the store. That means more options for the reader. This cutting-edge service will also be a boon to the self-published author and the creative memoirist. We will be offering to them the ability to do affordable short print runs of their books, whether for resale to the public or as a family keepsake.”
Up and working, with staff trained and waiting, Tattered Cover costumers, whether writer or reader, can print their own copies of their creations, or their favorite presumed to be long lost tale. Welcome to a new world, where the future holds not only print and page on the library shelf, and entire libraries on digital screens that fit nicely in your pocket, but also the opportunity print your own masterpiece wrapped in its own beautiful constructed cover. The possibilities for bookies, young and old, are opening up before us … and outside of the fear over what the future may hold for the method of delivery, literacy is the prize and our options are quickly becoming endless.