A sophisticated new printer in the basement of Zimmerman Library can take electronically formatted copy and print a book on the spot. The Espresso Book Machine from On Demand Books is now available for students, faculty and community members who need small scale printings of course materials, cultural resources or theses and dissertations.

The Espresso Book Machine can print titles from a variety of sources including Lighting Source, ExpressNet and Google Books, as well as public domain providers including Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive.

The machine can also custom import copy from local authors and print as many copies as needed.

Costs vary per item, but self-publishing services are available for a $20 setup fee and $.05 cents a page for copying.  If the author is affiliated with the university, discounted fees of $10 for setup and $.04 cents a page are in effect.  Black and white photographs can be printed by the machine, and it can do color for the covers.  The finished books are paperback.

Closeup of book printed by the Espresso Book Machine.

There are some limitations.  Anyone who wants to print books with the machine must have a valid copyright or the copyright must be in the public domain, so it can’t be used to duplicate textbooks.  It can be used to duplicate electronic books as long as the purchaser of the services has a valid copyright.

Data Curation Librarian Jon Wheeler works with the Espresso Book Machine and says it is meant to support open access to the local community.   It’s one of many ways the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences is working to make knowledge more accessible.

Anyone who wants to know more about the services of the Espresso Book Machine can contact Jon Wheeler at jwheel01@unm.edu.