Northshire Bookstore, Espresso Book Machine Watched with Interest

D. C. Denison of The Boston Globe reports on the adoption of the Espresso Book Machine at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT. The Espresso, which the employees call “Lurch,” resides in a corner behind the sales desk, steadily producing books on demand.

Northshire Bookstore manager Chris Morrow looks forward to the day when the machine is connected to an expanded catalog of titles. The store may be able to offer customers access to millions of writings.

Northshire is the first independent bookstore in the United States to install the Espresso. As such, the book-seller is being watched closely by the industry. Success here could mean success elsewhere.

The machine has the potential to be a crucial addition to small book stores and libraries. Such leverage could grant independent book-sellers an edge over large chain stores, forcing the big box stores to alter their business model.

Northshire’s is a first generation machine; newer machines are about half the size. According to The Boston Globe, the newest version of the Espresso costs from $79,000 to $95,000 and is available for lease for between $1,250 and $1,650 a month.

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