Customized Publishing for Universities

NACS Media Solutions (NMS), a subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and On Demand Books LLC (ODB), the maker of the Espresso Book Machine® (EBM), have entered into a joint agreement whereby NMS will market the EBM to the collegiate marketplace and permission academic content for distribution throughout the worldwide network of EBMs.

Essentially an “ATM for books,” the EBM prints, binds, and trims a single-copy paperback book in a few minutes. These books have full-color covers and are virtually indistinguishable from publishers’ editions. The EBM uses an environmentally friendly technology since it eliminates the pulping of unwanted books, shipping, and supply-chain inefficiencies.

The EBM is powered by EspressNet, a proprietary and copyrighted software system that connects EBMs to over 3.3 million permissioned titles. Using industry-standard encryption methods, EspressNet assures the security of publishers’ titles, tracks all jobs, and provides for payments to publishers. Content owners retain full ownership and control of their digital files. SelfEspress is a self-publishing toolset that allows bookstores with an EBM to offer writers a menu of services covering all aspects of the publishing supply chain, including in-store book production and distribution. EBMs are installed or scheduled for installation in 35 locations around the world. Additional installations are expected to accelerate throughout 2010.

Media Contacts:
Ed Schlichenmayer, NACS Media Solutions, 440-775-7777, ed@nacsmediasolutions.com
Mark Nelson, Ph.D., NACS Media Solutions, 518-445-6344, mnelson@nacsmediasolutions.com
Erin Hardy, On Demand Books, 212-966-2222, Erin@ondemandbooks.com
Marilyn Gottlieb, On Demand Books, 917-207-0649 mgottlieb@crescendogroup.com

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