Meeting a friend for Espresso

I just met a friend for Espresso–the kind you’ll find at your local library but not at Starbucks.   Now I’m jumping up and down and wanting to visit with all of you about the “new espresso machine” that doesn’t make coffee.

I still remember the first time I saw blurry snowy black-and-white TV.   A neighbor’s dad sold them and brought one home, and the whole neighborhood started hanging out at their house to see Dick Cavett on Omaha television.  The men spent at least half their time adjusting the antenna until we learned that moving our chairs around the room improved reception too.

And now a new Espresso machine has shown up, and it’s as exciting for me as any of the other things that used to be science fiction before they became real.

You just go into a bookstore or library and order a book and it pops out of the new Espresso Machine.   I took a quick look at the locations map and didn’t have time to run up to Denver’s Tattered Cover or over to the campus of the University of Missouri today.   I had to settle for meeting a friend on FB to dream about our own Espresso.

But it’s a big deal.   My friend Pat Browning told me her small press just joined.   So did Kensington and a host of major, small and independent publishers.   Pat’s list includes McGraw Hill, Harper Collins, Random House, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group and W.W. Norton and Macmillan.

The “machine” itself is powered by Lightning Source, Pat says.   I looked at the map and saw lots of first-rate stores and academic libraries–and you can shop in Europe or Dominican Republic or other worldwide locations.

So what do you think?   Who’s already gotten a cup of Espresso?   Is your publisher using it?

Please post comments.   I think it’s almost as exciting as having a flying saucer land in the yard (Oh, wait, Roswell already did that one).   And I’d love to know what you’re thinking.