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Soon you’ll be able to go to CVS and print a book

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On Demand Books, the company behind the Espresso Book Machine, and Kodak are partnering to add print-on-demand technology to Kodak Picture Kiosks. That means consumers will be able to print paperback photo books, self-published books and the seven million backlist and public domain titles in On Demand’s catalog from retail chains such as CVS.

On Demand also announced a partnership with ReaderLink, which distributes books to grocery stores, drugstores, mass market and club stores, to make more titles available through the Kodak Picture Kiosks.

“We envision an integrated solution that can substantially redefine the publishing industry and bring exciting new solutions to customers,” said On Demand CEO Dane Neller in the release.

There are 105,000 Kodak Picture Kiosks globally; you can find them in chains like CVS as well as photography stores, pharmacies and other retail outlets. The partnership with On Demand launches in the U.S. this year and will expand internationally in 2013.

On Demand Books was founded by former Random House editorial director Jason Epstein; Neller, the former CEO of Dean & DeLuca; and Thor Sigvaldason, a former technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 2003. The company already has a partnership with Xerox (s xrx) that has placed Espresso Book Machines in about 70 bookstores and libraries globally, but the Kodak partnership will expand its footprint substantially.

5 Responses to “Soon you’ll be able to go to CVS and print a book”

  1. Cheryl Sanderhill

    So I ask myself, if I want a book, would I want to print it at CVS, or go my local library? I answer – library, because it’s quicker (already bound and printed), and cheaper, and more sustainable. It is more sustainable, because the paper used in it is recycled among multiple readers, whereas a printed book at On Demand will use new paper for each order.

    By the way, the self-publishing industry is currently experiencing a bubble in the opinion of many industry experts, that will soon burst when the amount of poor quality fiction out there creates disillusionment among readers, and when the amount of money not earned by self-proclaimed authors equals less than needed to pay their mortgage/rent. That’s what I heard.

  2. Julie Ramson

    Are e books on Amazon available with these? I have 7 books on Amazon, six are a murder mystery series and 1 is a woman’s contemporary novel.

    I would love to be able to print one of my books – and tell others that they can do so – but I’m not sure this includes Amazon.

    Does anyone know for sure??


    Julie RAmson

  3. I think CVS On Demand books are more practical for limited editions. CVS would be perfect for booklets on family history, corporate business presentations, or memory book gifts etc.

    Self-Publishing is the alternative to the hassle of finding an agent and publisher and endless submissions by post. At least self-publishing offers a chance for success. As a writer I spent enormous time, money, and effort trying to publish my books with agents and publishers. The downside is that you have to do all the sales marketing yourself. The upside is I get to set the price of my ebooks.

    I finally decided on self-publishing and it was the best way to go. Ebooks has become a new market for authors, especially if you are self-publishing your own book. I presently have three (3) ebooks on KINDLE bookstore: BLOODGUILTY (a thriller-chiller), SPOOKY MOON STORIES (for kids and young adults), and SECRETS of the UNIVERSE. All are available on KINDLE bookstore by RAYMOND THOR. Click on link: