Last week Google announced a content access deal with On Demand Books, LLC the company behind the Espresso Book Machine. The deal provides On Demand Books with access to over two million public-domain titles in the Google Books archive.
Google has published a video for those unfamiliar with on-demand book production.
The Wired.com article on the partnership included a quote from Dane Neller, On Demand Books CEO about adding Web-to-print functionality to Google Books, “Neller said he’d love to see the day when Google Book Searchers can press a button next to a search result and find the closest local printer, but Google says that’s a long way off.”
I’m not surprised Google isn’t planning on providing local printing just yet, but where is the option to have a book printed and shipped? Lighting Source does this for thousands of titles on Amazon.com everyday. The IT practices are place and the print factories are built. What’s taking so long? Is Google waiting for the dust to settle around its settlement with publishers before it provides access to printed copies of books?