Espresso Book Machine

Espresso Book Machine

Digital Commons | The Labs at DC Public Library

Espresso book machineHow to Print Your Book | How to Print a Public Domain Book | Espresso Book Machine Fees

FAQs | Espresso Book Machine Printing Policy

How to Print Your Book

  1. If you would like to print a book using the Espresso Book Machine, please email us, call us at 202-727-1175, or come by the Digital Commons.
  2. Attend the Self-Publishing I, II, and III workshops held in the Digital Commons for more information. You can find upcoming sessions in the Library's online calendar.
  3. Submit your order in the Espresso Book Machine Order Form. (Book ordering is temporarily out of service while the machine undergoes maintenance.) See the Fees List for pricing. Please note that for each new project, you must order one initial proof copy to review before you can order additional copies.
  4. Once we get your order, we will review your files and either:
  • Approve them, bill your library account for a single proof copy per the above fees and then email you with instructions on how to pay. OR
  • Email you to explain any formatting corrections required.
  1. Once we get your email or verbal response confirming payment, we will proceed with printing a proof copy of your book and email you once it’s ready for pickup and review.
  2. You come in and review your book.
  • If you want to make changes, you will need to submit new files and pay for another proof copy.
  • If you are happy with the book and want to order additional copies, you will fill out an order form.
  • Once your order is submitted, we will bill your library account per the above fees and send you an email confirming your order details, bill amount, and estimated time your order will take.
  1. Once we get your email or verbal confirmation of payment, your order will be processed.
  2. Once your order is complete, we will send you an email alerting you that it’s ready for pickup.
  3. Orders will be held for 14 calendar days. Any order not picked up after this time will be discarded without the option for a refund. 

How to Print a Public Domain Book

  1. If you would like to print a book from the Espressnet catalog using the Espresso Book Machine, please email us, call us at 202-727-1175, or come by the Digital Commons.
  2. We will calculate cost of the item, which is the content fee associated with the item plus the price based on length per the above fees, and let you know the cost. If you agree, we will charge your library account that amount.
  3. Once we get your email or verbal confirmation of payment, your order will be processed.
  4. Once your order is complete, we will send you an email alerting you that it’s ready for pickup.
  5. Orders will be held for 14 calendar days. Any order not picked up after this time will be discarded without the option for a refund. 

Espresso Book Machine Fees

Photo of Espresso Book Machine
Setup Fee Free
Black-and-white printing $.03 a page
Color printing  $.25 a page
ISBN Free
Barcode $25
Bulk Discounts

10% for 20-50 copies

15% for 51+ copies 

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of binding options are there? 
The machine makes retail-quality paperback books.

Can my book have photos or illustrations?
Yes, whatever is in the PDF you submit is what prints. 

Can I print in color?
The cover can be in color, interior pages print in black and white.

How do I format my book?
Self-Publishing I, II, and III will cover that information.

Will you proofread my book?
We do not offer proofreading services but we can assist you with the formatting of your project.

Since you printed my book, will it be added to the Library collection?
Not necessarily. The Library generally does not accept donations to the collection, and books printed on the library's Espresso Book Machine are not automatically added to the collection.


If you have unique materials of local interest that are not in the Black Studies Center or Washingtoniana Special Collections, and you would like to speak with a librarian about donating such items to the library, please contact Collections Services at 202-727-1117. While the library may not accept every donation offer, special consideration will be given for such items.