Being the first to try something is sometimes a gamble, but in this case it seems to have paid off. The Windsor Public Library was the first in Canada to invest in a self-publishing Espresso Book Machine in 2012. Now with 10,699 book published, and many smiling faces, that gamble has become a service that their users love.
The Espresso Book Machine produces professionally-bound paperback books into the hands of local authors. It even led to the birth of a writer’s group in the community. 98 per cent of the customers are self publishing, said Sue Perry, who helps run the machine. “There are children’s books, textbooks, memoirs, fiction novels, how-to manuals and genealogy books.”