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Espresso Book Machine


The Espresso Book Machine, or EBM, has been described as the "ATM of books." A Time Magazine "Best Invention of 2007," the EBM can print, bind, and trim perfect-bound paperback books that are virtually indistinguishable from those found on a bookstore shelf. The machine's transparent casing allows customers to watch as books are produced on demand, from start to finish, in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee.


Currently, there are dozens in operation across the globe, including locations in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, China, Australia, and the Middle East. The University of Pittsburgh is proud to be among those at the forefront of this publishing technology.

Millions of titles

Through the EspressNet custom software, the EBM is connected to a vast network of content, providing bookstores with an "invisible inventory" consisting of millions of titles. Customers can purchase bound versions of out-of-print and public domain texts that would be otherwise unavailable or economically unfeasible to obtain in print format. In short, if you want a bound copy of The Atlantic Monthly from 1862, we can have it ready for you in minutes.

Self-publishing capabilities

The EBM also offers unique opportunities for self-publishing authors. Working with local EBM operators, authors can produce professional, high-quality editions of their work easily and economically without committing to large print runs. It provides an ideal printing solution for both professionals and DO-IT-YOURSELFERS from the publisher who wants to provide advance reader's copies to the parent who wants to print their child's picture book.

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  • Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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