Committed to providing its customers with even more book options, Books-A-Million (BAM!), through its partnership with On Demand Books, will now offer print-on-demand books through the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). The first ever full-color self-publishing EBM machine will launch this November in the South Portland, Maine Books-A-Million and the Brookwood Village Books-A-Million store located in Birmingham, Alabama.
“We are excited to be the first retailer to install On Demand Books’ inaugural full color self-publishing Espresso Book Machines in two of our premier locations. This offering means something special for BAM! customers, who will now have access to a virtual inventory of seven million titles instantly available to them,” said Terrance G. Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million, Inc. “Our customers will also be able to print their self-published works or any user generated content, photo books, recipes, etc. in a matter of minutes and pick it up in our store.”
“On Demand Books is delighted that the EBM will be installed at Books-A-Million stores and to partner with a premier leader in the industry,” said Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books. “With the EBM, Books-A-Million will be able to provide a self and custom publishing center, as well as add a catalogue of over seven million titles to its current book offering.”
The EBM is the only ‘digital-to-print at retail’ solution on the market. Within minutes, the EBM can produce a bookstore quality paperback with color cover, in any standard trim size, at point of sale. The content is fed to the machine via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of titles. These titles are available through partnerships with Google, Lightning Source, Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, and others, and includes content from publishers like Random House, W.W. Norton, and Simon & Schuster.EBM books are priced according to length, and the Espresso Book Machine can print any book between 5”x5” and 8”x10”, 50 to 600 pages.