Photo Essay: Espresso Book Machine at Powell’s

Yesterday I drove to Powell’s Books, headed upstairs to the purple room and watched the Espresso Book Machine print the proof copy of my collection, Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life.

It’s (almost) a real book! Whoo hoo! Copy editor Annie Hille and cover designer Gigi Little were on hand to participate in the festivities, and to ooh and ahh over the finished product. A few interested spectators came by to ask questions and see how the Espresso Book Machine works. Here are some photos of the proof being printed.

Polly Duggan, a staff member at the Powell’s Espresso Book Machine, loads lovely cream paper for my book.

Polly picks out a matte sheet that will become the cover. (We chose matte instead of glossy, and I love the results.)

Here’s a sneak peek at part of the back cover. I’ll reveal the cover online on October 8, our launch date!

Gigi Little and I stand in front of the Espresso Book Machine as the first copy of Brave on the Page gets printed. How cool is that?


You can see the pages standing up. I think that’s the moment when the cover glue was getting applied, although I was so excited I didn’t take notes.

You can just glimpse some of the front cover as the now-finished book travels through the machine on its way to the chute where Polly retrieved it for us. I love the reflections of other books on the surface of the machine’s case. Brave on the Page will soon join all those other titles out in the world.


About Laura Stanfill

Publisher, Forest Avenue Press
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24 Responses to Photo Essay: Espresso Book Machine at Powell’s

  1. beatbox32 says:

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Fabulous! October 8th, you say? 🙂

  3. Duncan Ellis says:

    It doesn’t get much more palpably exciting than that!

    I have the book launch on the 09-Oct on my calendar at work so hopefully no one will schedule a meeting on top of it.

  4. onmounthood says:

    Pretty exciting, Laura!

    • Yes indeed, Jon! I’m so glad you’re a part of this project. Thanks for working with my deadline and getting the interview together. It’ll be fun to post your piece here on my blog, too, in a few weeks.

  5. Good grief, Charlie Brown … it’s a coffee machine that makes a book … a book machine that makes coffee. No matter … the technology is incredible. Thanks for sharing? Love that toothy grin 🙂

    • Mmm…. coffee! The idea is that a book can be printed as fast as an espresso drink can be prepared. But I would also be very excited if the machine pulled shots and steamed milk…

  6. jmmcdowell says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how this endeavor turns out. Oh, the changing world we live in! 🙂

    • It’s so fun to be working with new technology and pushing the way others look at it by doing something different–i.e. publishing other writers and setting up a press, instead of just self-publishing. We’ll see how the adventure goes!

      (By the way, I swear I responded to all these comments last week but somehow my responses are missing… maybe I dreamed it?)

  7. It’s a little bit of miracle, isn’t it? Congratulations, Laura! What a triumph.

  8. 4amWriter says:

    I’m so excited for you! I would have been a wreck the whole time watching it. 🙂

    • I have to admit the three of us spent a lot of time giggling and taking photos. Have I seen the printing process all the way through? Sort of… but I was distracted by how momentous the moment felt!

  9. I’m definitely looking forward to going into a store here and watching a copy being made for me. 🙂

    • Oh goody! If you take a photo of yourself at the Espresso Machine, or your hands holding the book, or just the book at the Espresso machine or your local bookstore, you’ll be guaranteed a prize! Details to follow on launch day.

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