I found this via MakeZine but I think its one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen. It’s a standard Laser printer and what looks like a Canon Inkjet printer combined with a fancy bit of mechanics to hold, fold and cut paper. The complete system can print a book, a real softcover book in a few minutes and will handle up to about 850 pages.
It’s a pity the system is patented because I would love to build and sell these but thats not going to happen. What amazes me is if this was combined with some of the opensource textbook projects and give it to schools or perhaps put in a central place in a town you could print textbooks for kids on demand, printing only those portions that were required for the class they were taking, whats even cooler is you could perhaps combine textbooks into one book making it easier to carry.
The system would also lower the cost of the book as publishers no longer need to worry about doing large runs of books, storing, shipping or even having an order handling department.
I enjoy reading and yes I have a library card, but I don’t have tons of free time so I prefer buying books so that I can read them on and off when I want to. I also like having a stock of books that I haven’t read yet so that when the mood strikes me or I can’t sleep or whateva I can grab a book and read it. I also like to have books on various topics so that if I feel like a sci-fi book I have one or if I’m looking for a murder mystery or a technical book I’ve got that too. If you click the Books option on the top menu you can see a list of the books I have, although there are a few that I haven’t captured yet.
You’ll see that there’s a new link on the header of this site labelled “Books, DVD’s, CD’s”. This is a list of items that I currently own, I’ll update the list as often as possible and hopefully in the future I’ll write a few reviews about some of the items on the list.
I’m hoping that this will help you my loyal readers get to know me a little better and it helps my friends and family buy me gifts *hint* *hint*.