On Thursday, Google announced that it is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that manufactures 300 page paperbacks in under five minutes. The new service implies a tacit acknowledgment that the internet leader understands that not everyone wants their books served up on a computer or an electronic reader.
The “Espresso Book Machine” has been around for several years, but it’s rapidly becoming a much hotter commodity now that it will have access to so many books scanned from some of the world’s largest libraries. On Demand Books, the Espresso’s maker, might get access to even more hard-to-find books, but that’s only if Google can win court approval of a class-action settlement giving it the right to sell out-of-print books.
The paperbacks will have a recommended sales price of $8, but the ultimate price will be left to the seller. New York-based On Demand Books is getting $1 of each sale, while another buck will be going to Google, which says it will donate its commission to non profit organizations. But before everyone gets to excited, remeber that for now, Google can only allow The Espresso Machine to publish books that are no longer protected by copyright. Courtes of foxnews.com