I don't know about you, but I find this a little terrifying. The Espresso Book Machine (shouldn't it be able to crank out lattes? Or tea? I mean, really--is that so much harder?) prints on-demand books in under four minutes that are, it claims, "indistinguishable from the factory original." First of all--"factory"? Yes, I suppose so, but that makes it sound like there's an assembly line of writers sitting there with typewriters, Kindles, laptops and a conveyor belt of zip drives. I do like the humor of the thing--if you look carefully at the screen when they show it, there's a button that says, "Cancel! STOP!" as if someone is running, shrieking across the room: "Nooooooo! Not that booooooooook! Noooooooo!"--which, I suppose, could happen.
But the scariest part is that they say that making books now "requires minimal human intervention"--as if that's a good thing!