On Demand Books, the company behind the Espresso Book Machine, and Kodak are partnering to add print-on-demand technology to Kodak Picture Kiosks. That means consumers will be able to print paperback photo books, self-published books and the seven million backlist and public domain titles in On Demand’s catalog from retail chains such as CVS.
On Demand also announced a partnership with ReaderLink, which distributes books to grocery stores, drugstores, mass market and club stores, to make more titles available through the Kodak Picture Kiosks.
“We envision an integrated solution that can substantially redefine the publishing industry and bring exciting new solutions to customers,” said On Demand CEO Dane Neller in the release.
There are 105,000 Kodak Picture Kiosks globally; you can find them in chains like CVS as well as photography stores, pharmacies and other retail outlets. The partnership with On Demand launches in the U.S. this year and will expand internationally in 2013.
On Demand Books was founded by former Random House editorial director Jason Epstein; Neller, the former CEO of Dean & DeLuca; and Thor Sigvaldason, a former technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 2003. The company already has a partnership with Xerox that has placed Espresso Book Machines in about 70 bookstores and libraries globally, but the Kodak partnership will expand its footprint substantially.