Books-A-Million, Inc. and On Demand Books, the company behind the
Espresso Book Machine (“EBM”), have entered into an agreement to install
an EBM in Books-A-Million’s store in Portland, Maine, and one other
location to be announced at a later date. The EBM brings a revolutionary
book-publishing technology to one of the nation’s premier book retailers.
“We are excited to be utilizing the Espresso Book Machine. This offering
means something special for BAM customers, who will now have access to a
virtual inventory of seven million titles instantly available to them,”
said Terrance G. Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million, Inc. “Our customers
will also be able to print their self-published works or any user
generated content, photo books, recipes, etc. in a matter of minutes and
pick it up in our store.”
“ODB is delighted that the Espresso will be installed at
Books-A-Million’s Portland store and to partner with a premier leader in
the industry,” said Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books. “With the
Espresso, Books-A-Million will be able to provide a self and custom
publishing center, as well as add a catalogue of over seven million
titles to its current book offering.”
The EBM is the only digital-to-print at retail solution on the market.
Within minutes, the EBM can produce a bookstore quality paperback with
color cover, in any standard trim size, at point of sale. The content is
fed to the machine via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital
network of titles. These titles are available through partnerships with
Google, Lightning Source, Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan,
McGraw Hill, and others, and includes content from publishers like
Random House, W.W. Norton, and Simon & Schuster.
Like iTunes for books, EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits, and
catalogues books from a multitude of English and foreign language
content providers (including public domain, in copyright, and
self-published). Through the SelfEspress software, writers can format,
design, edit, and upload their book for printing and inclusion on the
EBM catalog, as well as convert the print file to an .epub format
suitable for e-readers. The EBM provides a new sales channel for
publishers and vastly increases the availability of titles for physical
bookstores, significantly reducing loss of sales due to books being
out-of-stock. And the EBM technology offers brick-and-mortar retailers
the opportunity to become community self-publishing centers, providing a
new distribution platform for self-published authors. The EBM also
improves efficiency and sustainability by eliminating shipping, returns,
and the pulping of unwanted books.
Xerox manages the worldwide service for the EBM.
ABOUT BOOKS-A-MILLION, INC.
Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and
sells on the Internet at www.booksamillion.com.
The Company presently operates 253 stores in 33 states and the District
of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names
Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional
bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. The
common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global
Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the
Company’s corporate website at www.booksamillioninc.com.
About On Demand Books, LLC
On Demand Books was cofounded in 2003 by Jason Epstein, former Editorial
Director of Random House; Dane Neller, former CEO of Dean & DeLuca; and
Thor Sigvaldason, former technology consultant at
PricewaterhouseCoopers. Espresso Book Machines have been placed in
bookstores, libraries, universities, and other locations in the USA,
Canada, the UK, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, South Africa and the
Caribbean. In September 2010, On Demand Books and Xerox announced a
partnership whereby Xerox will service the Espresso Book Machine
globally. Made in the USA, Espresso Book Machines are environmentally
friendly green machines. For more information go to www.ondemandbooks.com.
Espresso Book Machine® and EspressNet® are trademarks of On Demand
Books, LLC in the United States and/or other countries.
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