I suppose it isn’t exactly web log-worthy news that New Yorkers can now get free books at their public library. What is interesting is that they no longer have to bring them back, thanks to the NY Public Library’s new Espresso Book Machine.
These babies can print any of 200,000 public domain works (such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, A Christmas Carol, etc. etc.) in a matter of minutes and at a cost of $0 to the end user. In addition to not having to bring the books back, patrons may doodle in the margins, underline the dirty words, use the boring middle sections to get the grill going, or any number of insane and irresponsible things they would never do with a library book. Librarians will no longer have to listen to tedious excuses as to why pages 160- 213 are missing and pages 140-159 and 214- 235 now have a smoldery smell. It’s win-win.
-Norm De Plume