The Espresso Book Machine is an ATM for books that prints and binds any title on the spot within minutes from a digital file.
The first Espresso Book Machine was installed and demonstrated at the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library.
Espresso Book Machine by On Demand Books
Jason Epstein (founder of On Demand Books, LLC) says:
Printed books are one of history’s greatest and most enduring inventions, and after centuries, their form needs no improvement, what does need to change is the outdated way that books reach readers.”
Library users will have the opportunity to print free copies of such public domain classics as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake, as well as appropriately themed in-copyright titles as Chris Anderson’s “The Long Tail” and Jason Epstein’s own “Book Business.”
The public domain titles were provided by the Open Content Alliance (“OCA”), a non-profit organization with a database of over 200,000 titles. The OCA and ODB are working closely to offer this digital content free of charge to libraries across the country. Both organizations have received partial funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Sounds like a great idea, but what about the cost of paper?
Link via The New Reader
sonicscape from Paper Art Gadgets is offering a bunch of pdfs of some cool paper models.
Paper Art Gadgets iPhone model
You can download the following models:
- Xbox 360 and display box
- Xbox 360 HDDVD drive
- Sony Playstation 3 and display box
- Nintendo DS Lite
- Atari 2600
- Pimped Xbox 360s #1-7
- Apple iPhone
- Nokia 6280
- Customizable paper figurines
So if you can’t afford a real iPhone, this is your chance to at least look cool with a miniature iPhone model!
Visit Paper Art Gadgets for more information.
The Online Paper Airplane Museum is trying to preserve the many different designs of paper airplanes.
F/A-18 Hornet – one of my favorite planes
The museum is basically one big links directory of paper airplanes. Currently there are more than 810 designs available already!
Link via Make:Blog
500 billion is the number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every year (1 million per minute), and 500 is the amount of years it takes for a plastic bag to decay in a landfill.
Spurred by a filmmaker’s documentary, the English town of Modbury became the first in Europe to ban plastic bags outright.
Turtle eating a plastic bag
It was watching sea creatures choke on plastic bags in the Pacific Ocean that finally persuaded Rebecca Hosking that enough was enough. The British filmmaker had already recoiled in disgust at deserted Hawaiian beaches piled up with four feet of rubbish, the jetsam of Western consumerism washed up by an ocean teeming with plastic. Now, filming off the coast, she looked on aghast as sea turtles eagerly mistook bobbing translucent shapes in the water for jellyfish
A good reminder to bring my own bag when going shopping and to decline extra bags if I can carry the items (or stick them in the bag I got with something I bought earlier). When doing groceries without a bag, I like to use discarded product boxes (the ones they stock from) which later serve as “old paper” recycling storage boxes in my home.
Shunichi Makino’s SF Paper Craft Gallery features downloadable PDFs for papercraft Star Wars vehicles like the AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) Snow Walker and the Millennium Falcon.
Paper models: Millennium Falcon and AT-AT Snow Walkers
He also has many other Star Wars models (TIE-Fighter, Y-wing, etc.) in his gallery
These incredibly detailed models can be downloaded for free. Good luck building!
Link via Boing Boing
Joseph Bellows Gallery has a nice collection of images from Thomas Allen‘s exhibition Pulp Fiction.
Thomas Allen – Tale (2004), part of Pulp Fiction exhibition
View more images from this exhibition here.
Link via Boing Boing
Richard Sweeney‘s website features some beautiful Paper Sculptures, created through the cutting, scoring and folding of paper.
Paper Pleat – 220gsm cartridge paper, scored and folded. Length approx. 1 metre (full image here)
Check Richard’s website and his Flickr Form in paper set for more images of his paper sculpture work.
Link via MakeZine.
Peter Callesen is a Danish artist who uses paper to create beautiful sculptures.
Half Way Through (detail) 2006, by Peter Callesen
Peter says about his work:
Most recently I have started making white paper cuts/sculptures inspired by fairytales and romanticism exploring the relationship between two and three dimensionality, between image and reality. I find the materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form as an almost magic process – or maybe one could call it obvious magic, because the process is obvious and the figures still stick to their origin, without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in most of the cuts.
Check Peter’s website for images of his work, including many papercut works and sculptures ranging from tiny to quite huge.
Thanks for the tip, Looza!