The Espresso Book Machine allows to print a book in minutes. It’s perfect for self-publishing because one can print as many copy as he or she needs. When a book is printed it may be stored in the database so customers from all around the world can buy prints of it. One can also print his own copyright-free Google book, for instance a book which is not printed anymore by the major publishing houses.
This standardized system imposes many limitations on the book as object:
– Format: The book can’t be bigger than (almost) A4.
– Paper: The paper for the cover and for the book’s inside (by now) cannot be chosen.
– Color: (By now) it’s only possible to print in black and white.
The prices are almost equivalent to the general book’s ones.
At this link a good article about the EBM by Donald Cameron.