Books-A-Million to Install ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE®

  Books-A-Million to Install ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE®

Business Wire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. & NEW YORK -- July 17, 2013

Books-A-Million, Inc. and On Demand Books, the company behind the Espresso
Book Machine (“EBM”), have entered into an agreement to install an EBM in
Books-A-Million’s store in Portland, Maine, and one other location to be
announced at a later date. The EBM brings a revolutionary book-publishing
technology to one of the nation’s premier book retailers.

“We are excited to be utilizing the Espresso Book Machine. This offering means
something special for BAM customers, who will now have access to a virtual
inventory of seven million titles instantly available to them,” said Terrance
G. Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million, Inc. “Our customers will also be able to
print their self-published works or any user generated content, photo books,
recipes, etc. in a matter of minutes and pick it up in our store.”

“ODB is delighted that the Espresso will be installed at Books-A-Million’s
Portland store and to partner with a premier leader in the industry,” said
Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books. “With the Espresso, Books-A-Million will
be able to provide a self and custom publishing center, as well as add a
catalogue of over seven million titles to its current book offering.”

The EBM is the only digital-to-print at retail solution on the market. Within
minutes, the EBM can produce a bookstore quality paperback with color cover,
in any standard trim size, at point of sale. The content is fed to the machine
via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of titles. These
titles are available through partnerships with Google, Lightning Source,
Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, and others, and
includes content from publishers like Random House, W.W. Norton, and Simon &

Like iTunes for books, EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits, and
catalogues books from a multitude of English and foreign language content
providers (including public domain, in copyright, and self-published). Through
the SelfEspress software, writers can format, design, edit, and upload their
book for printing and inclusion on the EBM catalog, as well as convert the
print file to an .epub format suitable for e-readers. The EBM provides a new
sales channel for publishers and vastly increases the availability of titles
for physical bookstores, significantly reducing loss of sales due to books
being out-of-stock. And the EBM technology offers brick-and-mortar retailers
the opportunity to become community self-publishing centers, providing a new
distribution platform for self-published authors. The EBM also improves
efficiency and sustainability by eliminating shipping, returns, and the
pulping of unwanted books.

Xerox manages the worldwide service for the EBM.


Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and sells
on the Internet at The Company presently operates 253
stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large
superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd &
Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and
Books-A-Million. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the
NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit
the Company’s corporate website at

About On Demand Books, LLC

On Demand Books was cofounded in 2003 by Jason Epstein, former Editorial
Director of Random House; Dane Neller, former CEO of Dean & DeLuca; and Thor
Sigvaldason, former technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Espresso
Book Machines have been placed in bookstores, libraries, universities, and
other locations in the USA, Canada, the UK, the Middle East, Asia, Australia,
South Africa and the Caribbean. In September 2010, On Demand Books and Xerox
announced a partnership whereby Xerox will service the Espresso Book Machine
globally. Made in the USA, Espresso Book Machines are environmentally friendly
green machines. For more information go to

Espresso Book Machine® and EspressNet® are trademarks of On Demand Books, LLC
in the United States and/or other countries.

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