I found Chapter 12 of APE to be an extremely informative and useful chapter. The way the authors broke down the different self-publishing options was super easy to understand and I feel like any author who is just getting interested in self-publishing would benefit from reading this chapter.
The absolute most interesting part of this chapter for me, though, was the Espresso Book Machine. As a coffee lover, the word "espresso" immediately caught my eye and made me seriously crave a Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks (#basic, I know).
Anyway, after I realized that this Espresso Machine doesn't make coffee, but makes BOOKS, I was even more intrigued. But also a little sad. Because if there's now a machine that can quickly produce a book on demand, does that mean that the human element of publishing is being stripped away? I realize that a person still had to write the book, but with scary human-like editing programs online and a one-stop book-making machine, how much human is really left in the process? I guess this is one aspect of the future of the book that I'm still not pleased about.
However, I would totally support Clemson getting one of these Espresso machines, the strong coffee-brewing kind or otherwise.