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What is the Espresso Book Machine

The Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a fully integrated high-speed, compact machine that automatically prints, binds and trims—on demand, at point of sale—perfect bound, retail quality paperback books.

What can the EBM make?

The EBM can make a trade paperback book, with trim size, from 5” to 10.5” in height and 4.5” to 8.25” in width. It can hold a page volume of 40 – 700 pages. The EBM prints books and binds them with commercial grade binding glue. The book is then covered in a full-color cover.

Can I Publish My Own Book?

Yes. As long as your book meets our size criteria, you can meet with one of our staff members and learn how to publish your very own book. Take a few minutes to review the Espresso Book Machine Self-Publishing Tips to ensure your file is formatted correctly.

How do I submit an original work to be printed?

First, submit your information via our EBM Book Order form. Once you have submitted a request, you will be contacted in 48 hours to make an appointment for a consultation. During the consultation, a staff member will assist you with how to set up your file and provide an estimated time for printing.

What is the Price?

The price of books made on the EBM varies depending on the set up of each book. If it is an original work, there is a setup fee, a fee for the cover, and a fee for each interior page. If you are printing from the EBM catalog, there is no setup fee--only the cost to print the cover and interior pages. We also offer ISBN, barcoding and Library of Congress Control Numbers. Check our price list for the breakdown of costs.

Note: The submission form cannot accept files larger than 100MB combined. If your files are larger than 100MB please contact the MakerSpace directly.

Does the EBM print in color?

EBM can print vibrant color covers, but only uses grayscale for the book interior. Pictures and illustrations will be in greyscale but are crisp and high quality.