First Bookshop Without Books Opens in Paris

As reported by, a printer robot called the “Espresso Book Machine,” prints the books chosen by the customers. Readers can browse the catalog on tablets and choose from nearly 5,000 from the Presses Universitaires de France (PUF) and millions of international titles in the public domain. Books cannot not exceed 850 pages, the limit imposed by the machine.

Though printed on site, the books will be sold at the same price as in a conventional bookstore.

Frédéric Mériot, Chief PUF, said, “We have thousands of titles for which demand is too low to be profitable with the traditional print model. We thought that digital would kill the printed book, but this has not been the case. It may even be that the traditional book now has a second life.”

Created by Xerox and operated in France by Ireneo program, the Espresso Book Machine promises to significantly reduce costs related to transportation and storage of books, according to its promoters.

It is already used in the US in several universities as well as in some bookstores, such as McNally Jackson in southern Manhattan, New York.

(Source: sivertimes)



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