While it looks like it's still a ways from setting up shop next to more traditional vending machines
, those in New York CIty can now get their instant-book fix from the very first (non-beta) Espresso Book Machine
, which has found a home in the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library. For the time being, most of the books on offer appear to be ones in the public domain, including over 200,000 titles from the Open Content Alliance database, which visitors to the library can print off books free of charge, the end result of which is supposedly "indistinguishable from the factory-made title." From the looks of it, Espresso manufacturer On Demand Books doesn't seem to be having any trouble getting takers for the machine, with the New Orleans Public Library, the University of Alberta, the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, and the Open Content Alliance in San Francisco each already in line to get one this fall.