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By Moushumi Chakrabarty     May 8, 2009 in World
The University of Waterloo in Ontario has installed the latest state-of-the-art printing machine which will give students a chance to print a high quality paperback book with colour cover, at a fraction of the cost.
The Espresso Book Machine is ‘green’, offering technology to print the books one needs on site, thus saving on fuel costs and the environment, according to the University’s website. A 300-page paperback with colour cover and standard paper can be done in four minutes by the EBM. The university’s version of the EBM 2.0 comes with a high-speed printer is ‘seven feet long, three feet wide and five feet tall, which makes it faster and smaller than previous versions’, according to a University press release.
"The Espresso Book Machine (EBM) has revolutionized the traditional textbook supply chain for book distribution," said May Yan director of UW's retail services. "We will be able to offer options to students and faculty that will be cost effective and options for customized textbooks that will never be out of stock. Students will be the main beneficiaries, because the EBM makes it possible to distribute almost every book published, including out-of-print titles, easily and quickly at huge savings."
A particular McGraw Hill accounting textbook retails at $192. Customizing the book by selecting only those chapters which the students need, the instructor is able to reduce the price to $89. Students are sure to be excited at these substantial savings.
This is not new in Canada however. McMaster University in Ontario and the University of Alberta too have installed these machines, saving students from spending on texts. According to OnDemandBooks, the company which manufactures EBMs, “A single machine operating 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, can produce over 60,000 books per year with minimum supervision.”
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