Seattle has topped a variety of lists lately, including (and not surprisingly) Flavorwire’s 20 Great American Cities for Writers That Aren’t New York. That fun factoid combined with this month’s National Novel Writing Month, in which an endless stream of writers challenge themselves to complete a 500,000 word novel by November 30, means Seattle will likely have even more caffeinated wordsmiths typing away in neighborhood coffee houses.
Should you want to see your masterpiece in book form, swing by Bartell Drugs in University Village, which just unveiled the Espresso Book Machine, an in-store kiosk from New York-based On Demand Books that lets you upload electronic files and print them out into an actual paperback book (cover and all!). While Third Place Books and the University of Washington Bookstore already have this machine on hand for aspiring authors, the Bartell Drugs coup means you can knock out prescription refills and self-publish your great American novel (starting at $7 per book and $0.03 per page) at the same time. Not a novelist? The machine also lets you print classics, hard-to-find or in-copyright books from its digital catalog of more than 7 million tomes.
With tablets, smartphones and e-readers dominating the literature landscape, why offer a technology that prints hard copies of books? “As consumers seek more ways to express themselves and create personalized products,” says Howie Cohen, Bartell Drugs’ category manager, “this technology offers an exciting, accessible way for them to engage with their content, whether through words or pictures, and create something meaningful that they can treasure for a lifetime.”