Chips. Chocolate and gum. Cans of soda. iPods. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. All vending machine items you’ll find in New York City. The last one, Mark Twain’s book, is actually printed on the spot via a 1,660-pound, Internet-connected bookmaking ATM-thing, also known as the Espresso Book Machine. It’s about to make its debut at the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library where folks can get books printed for free. There are only 20 or so books to choose from now, but over 200,000 titles will be available soon.
So, is this baby going to kill bookstores? Wired asked that question, but we want to know what you think.
Photo found in engadget.com’s article.