Google has announced a deal to make its library of over a million digitised books available as paperbacks printed on demand in book shops and libraries around the world.
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"Reading digital books can be an enjoyable experience, but we realise that there are times when readers want a physical copy of a book," said Brandon Badger, Google Books product manager in a blog posting.
The service has been enabled though a partnership with On Demand Books, which sells machines designed to print and bind books within minutes at a low cost.
The firm's Espresso Book Machine can print and bind about 1,450 pages a minute at a cost of less than 1p a page.
Books on Demand is able to access any of out-of-copyright books, including those in Google's controversial book-scanning project.
"In a matter of minutes you can get a paperback book identical to one you can get in a store at point of sale," On Demand Books chief executive and co-founder Dane Neller said.
Espresso Book Machines have been installed in book shops and libraries in more than a dozen locations in five countries, including the UK.