Xerox puts book publishing power in consumers' hands
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Rochester, N.Y. - An innovative, on-demand book printing system that is changing the way books are published, bought and sold worldwide can now be purchased directly from Xerox Corporation. The Espresso Book Machine, a Xerox Solution, prints, binds and trims bookstore-quality paperbacks with color covers in minutes. Xerox will now market, sell or lease and service the solution, giving retailers new ways to drive revenue.
"Consumers will have more choices, booksellers will have more titles with no increase in inventory and publishers will have a new sales channel."
The expanded sales and service model builds on a strategy announced earlier this year, where Xerox worked with On Demand Books – the company that created the system – to equip it with the Xerox 4112 Copier/Printer, which prints books with crisp text and detailed images.
"The on-demand book publishing market has expanded, and so has our support of this solution," said Eric Armour, president, Graphic Communications Business Group, Xerox Corporation. "Xerox's involvement has moved far beyond the print engine – we are now helping retailers, bookstores, libraries and universities build a profitable on-demand book publishing business."
The Espresso Book Machine's print-at-retail model, which includes the EspressNet software system developed by On Demand Books, connects machines to a vast repository of content, allowing consumers to access millions of copyrighted, public-domain and self-published books in a matter of minutes.
"The full sales and service support of Xerox, as well as a leasing option, will transform this technology and make it readily available worldwide," said Dane Neller, CEO, On Demand Books. "Consumers will have more choices, booksellers will have more titles with no increase in inventory and publishers will have a new sales channel."
Support after the sale
"For independent bookstores the Espresso Book Machine is an extraordinary technology – and now the added value Xerox brings in terms of sales, service and marketing will help us secure new business while satisfying book enthusiasts instantly," said Jeff Mayersohn, owner, Harvard Book Store, located in Cambridge, Mass.
Xerox will showcase the Espresso Book Machine at Graph Expo 2010, Oct. 3 – 6 in Chicago. The company will occupy booths No. 400 and 600.
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