SYDNEY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2009 - Google is to open up part of its index to On Demand Books, the manufacturers of the Espresso Book Machine (EBM).
The machine can print and bind paperback books of up to 300 pages in less than four minutes. A newer version of the EBM device can print up to 830 pages.
Google's deal with On Demand Books could see roughly 2 million out-of-print titles return to hardcopy form for Google Books users who are willing to shell out about $US8 per title.
On Demand Books and Google would each receive $US1 per copy. Google said it would donate its portion of the proceeds to non-profit causes.
An EBM retails for about $US100,000. It will also be made available for lease by retailers.
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