There has been a lot of talk about how publishing will be affected by Print-On-Demand technology. In addition to self-publishers like iUniverse, there are some small and university presses using this technology. The company On Demand Books has a new machine called Espresso.
The machine electronically stores 2.5 million books that can then be printed and bound in less than seven minutes is to be launched early next year. It prints in any language and has an upper limit of 550 pages.
Some have predicted that the day will come when bookstores contain nothing but sample copies of books and machines like the Espresso. You would pick out the books you want to buy, inform the store clerk, and the clerk would then have the books printed and bound for you on the spot.