Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Book Machine

PostedDecember 2, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  Most of a bookstore's inventory sells slowly.  Those books could, instead, be made on the spot.  St. Louis inventor Jeff Marsh re-engineered industrial book-making machinery to fit in a single machine that can start cold.

Jeff Marsh:  My mantra became any book, any time, anywhere.

Randy Atkins:  Marsh says, for about a penny a page before royalties, you may soon go to a web browser, find a title, and select print on…  

Jeff Marsh:  …a machine that you could sit next to a kiosk or you could sit next to the customer service desk in a bookstore, and it will produce books…

Randy Atkins:  …at the rate of one a minute.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

A company called On Demand Books is commercializing the new technology and has a handful of the machines operating around the world.