... is to be launched early next year. It prints in any language and has an upper limit of 550 pages. The 'Espresso' will be launched first in several US libraries. The company behind the project - On Demand Books - predicts that, within five years, it will be able to reproduce every book ever published. ... It is estimated that the books will cost less than 1p per page - but a machine of your own costs about £25,000.I don't think a machine like this will ever replace the traditional bookshop - browsing is a life-enhancing, feel-good experience. But I can see all kinds of advantages of this kind of technology - not least that a book written by a Malaysian author could be easily available world-wide and instantly - without having to go through Amazon, and without having to ship and warehouse copies.
You can watch a video of the machine in action here.