Monday, September 22, 2008


Talk about print-on-demand.

iLibrarian and Stephen's Lighthouse both alerted me to the fact that the library at the University of Michigan has installed a machine that will print out "perfect-bound, high-quality paperback" public domain books in just minutes and for about $10.

For those who don't like to read their public domain books on the computer, this is pretty cool. I personally have gotten so used to reading on the computer that I probably wouldn't actually hand over the $10, but I can definitely see it being pretty handy if you prefer paper.

Plus, it's just cool to think of being able to print yourself up a book, with real binding and everything. Much nicer than just printing out a pile of pages to mark up.

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