Friday, 19 October 2007

Word of the day

Today's word is robotic scribe. I think that Margie posted this piece to the ALIAVic list - from The Age, about a new print on demand device. There have been print on demand machines before, such as the famous and expensive DocuTech by Xerox, around since 1990. The new device is called the Espresso Book Machine, and is marketed by On Demand Books. It is said to be cheap, fast, and to herald the age of the other kind of digital book - a means of producing a physical book on demand.

Just like a medieval scribe who wrote books by hand, according to Gerald Beasley, 47, a librarian at Columbia University, but a robotic scribe. When can we get one?

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