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MARK AUSTIN THOMAS: A vending machine for books — Janet Babin reports from the Marketplace Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio.
JANET BABIN: The machine looks like an elaborate printer. It can produce up to 20 fully-bound books an hour, in any language, all by itself.
On Demand Books is marketing the machine. You can see a demo of it on the company’s website:
[ Demo: “All fully-integrated, automated, and under the control of one computer.” ]
Professor Paul Jones at the University of North Carolina says this type of machine will make it easier for bookstores to compete with online retailers like Amazon:
PAUL JONES: One of the things we’re going to see more of is the ability to be able to walk in and have your reading and other interests satisfied right there.
The company says it will have access to more than two million book titles, most in the public domain. But Jones says it will need much more content to become successful.
I’m Janet Babin for Marketplace.
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