The Espresso Machine: Self-Publishing Goes Micro
Sarah and I were in Powell’s City of Books in Portland the other day and came across The Espresso Book Machine. It’s a fancy contraption that will “transform your work into a paperback book complete with full color cover and black and white interior, indistinguishable from books produced by traditional publishers.”
This sounded awfully familiar, since that same line has been coming from self-publishing companies for a few years now. So what’s the difference? As well as boasting a catalog of over seven million titles (by Nobel and Pulitzer laureates no less), the machine will also produce your own book from a PDF. This eliminates the cost and time of hiring a self-publishing company, but it also eliminates the extra sets of eyes that can catch errors and add their professional knowledge to the project.
So we want to know: Has anyone used this service? Is it worth it, or is it just a showy gimmick for the self-indulgent? Leave a comment or send us a message to let us know what you think.
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