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Biblioteca Provinciale Emilio Lussu: Postazione di Autoprestito

Espresso Book Machine

This Incredible App Might Just Make Us All Read Faster

Poet Archibald MacLeish listening to a recording at the Harvard University Library. MA, US, 1957.

Great Gatsby video game, 1987

The Great Gatsby as a 1987 Nintendo Game

First novel written on a computer? Len Deighton and his IBM word processor, London, 1968. Courtesy of Adrian Flowers

Display of books printed on the Espresso Book Machine at Third Place Books

Library technician Carl Piraneo works at the "bookBot" at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The automated book retrieval system is just one of many innovations in the new, state-of-the-art facility. Photo: Allen Breed / AP

theartofgooglebooks: Ripped, taped, and ripped again. From p. 148 of Anna Karenina by Lyof N. Tolstoï, trans. by Nathan Haskell Dole (1899). Original from Harvard University. Digitized July 18, 2008.

Screenshot from David R. Godine Publisher’s first app, the 1981 book Crime & Puzzlement

Espresso Book Machine. Powell's Bookstore, Portland.

In Toronto, a vending machine that sells random books for a couple of bucks each.

A sixteenth-century design for a revolving reading desk: Agostino Ramelli, Le diverse et artificiose machine; composte in lingua Italiana et Francese (Paris, 1588), p. 317. London, British Library, 48.f.15.