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The Espresso Book Machine Could be the Self-pubbed Author’s Best Friend
Originally conceived as a way for publishers to get their backlist into bookstores without having to support a large supply chain, but it is quickly morphing into a new venue for self-published books

The Espresso Book Machine was originally conceived as a way for publishers to get their backlist into bookstores without having to support a large supply chain, but it is quickly morphing into a new venue for self-published books.

Late last week the edcetera blog reported that the University of Arizona’s EBM was seeing just as much use from self published authors as it was from students and faculty asking for textbooks.

However, since installing it in 2009, Chris Schafer, EBM supervisor at the UA Bookstore, reports that about half of the revenue they generate with the machine comes from self-publishing. …

To put it in perspective, the bookstore prints hundreds or thousands of textbooks on the machine, he continues, so the usage by self-published authors is significant. Many of these authors are from outside the college community, referred from Internet searches for self-publishing options, and Schafer appreciates that increase in foot traffic. With the volume of use by professors, students, and the general public over the three years the machine has been in place, Schafer estimates that the bookstore has recouped its initial cost.

Even though this agrees with what I reported last month, I am somewhat surprised.

Complete article here.

Credit: www.the-digital-reader.com

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