Frequently Asked Questions

What's an ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE (EBM)?

Put simply, the EBM is an automated book-making machine.

The operator selects a title to print, and within a few minutes a book emerges, with a full-color cover, trimmed to an exact size, and indistinguishable from the publisher’s version.

All EBM books are perfect bound with paperback covers & they have black-and-white interiors.

What does this mean for me?

Well, for one thing, the EBM greatly expands our book catalog (by 1.1 million in-copyright titles from roughly 8,000 publishers and approximately 2.4 million public domain titles from Google Books)

All which can be printed from the small machine. Seriously.

How will I get myself one of these Print on Demand books?

Order directly from www.thirdplacepress.com or visit the INFORMATION counter, at Third Place Books, ask for an employee to assist you with your query, and as easily as you might regularly order a book for yourself, Third Place Books will set the order up to print here on the EBM.

Ok. But how long does it take to print the book?

Depending on the printing queue, a book can be printed for you in an hour or less, but we often quote 24 hours, just in case of a backlog, or mechanical troubles (they occasionally happen).

Why can't I order a Print-on-demand version of a HARRY POTTER title, or the latest Dan Brown?

There are certain agreements between authors and their publishers that currently restrict printing books by this process. The EBM and its publishing model is still relatively new to everyone; you, me, Ginger, and even the publishers. As time goes on, and EBMs become more common place, we'll see more an more title popping up on our catalogs. In the meantime: did we mention millions of titles?

I bought this book online a while back--I think it's a PDF--written by an author I like. Can you print it for me?

Unfortunately, no. This kind of printing would violate the copyright laws the publisher, the EBM company, and the Bookstore are beholden to.

Essentially, only books that are Self-Published, that is, you retain the copyright of the work, can be brought to us for printing. All others need to be ordered through the existing catalog.

How much will the books cost?

Most books still in copyright are subject to the publisher's retail price—pretty much what you pay for your books right now. But there are millions of public domain titles that are available for the price you might pay for a mass-market paperbacks or less.

Can I search a database myself for books I might want to print? Can I do it from home?

Yes! You can search the EBM database at www.thirdplacepress.com. Once you have found the book you want, just press the order button, fill out a few details, and the order comes straight to Third Place Press. Once we've received the order, we'll print the book and notify you (via email and/or phone) that the book will be waiting for you at Third Place Books' cashier desk.

Ok. You've piqued my interest, but now I want to know if I can print my own book (it's a Northwest Lepidoptery field guide)?

Yes. Check out our Self-Publishing page. You can also call 206-366-3306 or email press@thirdplacebooks.com to arrange for an appointment with our designer to discuss the costs, time-frames, cover design, etc.

If you have any further questions regarding Third Place Press, feel free to contact us at: press@thirdplacebooks.com