"When he was an editor in the 1950s, Jason Epstein made the
paperback book ubiquitous. Now he's about to do the same for a
Linux-powered printing press.
"In the book business, the great expense is the supply-chain
logistics: printing books, shipping them, warehousing them, sending
batches to bookstores and on to customers--every step along the way
extracts a fee. Epstein's new company On Demand Books is using
Linux to develop the Espresso Book Machine (EBM), a $100,000 device
that takes distance out of the equation by printing the books right
at the point of sale..."
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