Independent bookstores embrace digital publishing

Debbi Wraga, the book machine coordinator, said about 85 percent of the customers use it for independent book publishing, about 350 self-published titles so far. The others use it to produce rare books including foreign titles, or personalize books, such as Christmas carols with inscriptions and family photos.

“Besides the novelty of it, to have customers come and strike up a conversation, it’s a way for us to really engage our public and move forward and find a creative way to still sell the books,” Ms. Wraga said. “It’s a wonderful feeling when you take it off the press and hand it to the author. You can smell the glue and the book is still warm. It’s almost like handing a newborn baby to a mom.”

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