Print-on-demand (POD) books could soon be everywhere, according to a major announcement made today.
On Demand, the makers of the POD Espresso Book Machine currently installed in fewer than a hundred bookstores nationwide, have announced new partnerships with Eastman Kodak and ReaderLink Distribution Services.
The Kodak connection will allow customers to create and print their own photo books in store, as well as printing self-published titles and any of the 7 million titles currently available through their system. "You should be able to walk into a store, pick a title, [and then] pick it up after you're done shopping...We like to think of this as digital-to-print in retail locations."
Even as the mighty e-book gains strength over the hard-copy variety, the physical book still has a bastion of strength: the public library.
There’s no simple explanation for the success of paper stock at the library, but the recession could play a role. Also, libraries’ e-book selections are not as complete as their hard copy stock. And to the traditional library patron, nothing can beat "the real thing."
Do you still use the public library for, you know, traditional books? What's the allure?
Manila's Reading Club 2000 is a library like no other: it lets anyone borrow and then bring back or keep any of its thousands of books...
The Reading Club 2000, as it is called, began 12 years ago, and is spreading. It is helped by the fact that despite a 1994 act pledging "reading centres throughout the country", the Philippines, with a population of 92 million, has fewer than 700 public libraries, and buying books is a luxury many cannot afford.
The Directory of Open Access Books launches in Europe. The directory will be open to all academic publishers and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these books are peer reviewed and published in Open Access.
A number of academic publishers have already expressed their interest in taking part in the further development of the service; among them are members of the OAPEN Library such as Amsterdam University Press and Göttingen University Press, and other well-known Open Access publishers such as Open Book Publishers, Open Humanities Press, MPublishing and Athabasca University Press. OpenEdition, a portal dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities (www.openedition.org), will also take part in the beta phase of DOAB.
"After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago (http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA), my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto..." There is nothing quite like a real book!