Where do I buy one of these espresso machines?

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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).

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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.

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ckozma's picture

Great point!

I think you have a great point about the amount of human left in the publishing process. I also think that we must remember that even though a computer can do a lot, the ways a computer thinks are completely different and humans still have the one up on creativity. I am sure there are still a lot of kinks to works out in this process and I would definitely proofread the espresso machine's book myself before making a bunch.

tpom13's picture

If the library had a book

If the library had a book espresso machine I may never leave the library ever again. It is definitely crazy how easy it is to publish a well written book, with all the spell and grammar checks the computers have now. The book espresso machine is an invention someone definitely needs to take on!
Nice work!

kgthoma's picture

Amber,

I work at Starbucks and there is no shame in that! You get your skinny vanilla latte, girl! That machine is really cool. I too share your worry about what it would do to our industry and also your worry about the future of our industry in general. I often find myself scoffing at people who say that print will die.

mamores's picture

I pretty much 100% agree with

I pretty much 100% agree with you on this one. I thought this machine sounded so awesome at first, but where are the people? This almost seems like we are taking a little bit of the collaborative process out of publishing too.