Help us write a book!

Can you imagine a machine that prints, binds and trims the book of your choice within 5 minutes ? Well, it actually exists, and it’s called the ABC Espresso Book Machine. And The American Book Center has bought the first machine in the Netherlands and continental Europe.

Read on to find out more about this amazing machine and how your work could be featured in the very first ABC Espresso Book Machine book.

In November 2010 ABC will launch an exciting new service: The Anybook Press on The ABC Espresso Book Machine.

With The ABC Espresso Book Machine, millions of previously unavailable titles are now back in print! Simply choose a book from our database of 3 million titles, and within a few minutes, your book will pop out of the machine. Your high-quality bound paperback book will be indistinguishable from all the other books on our shelves, and can include black and white illustrations and full-color cover for only €12.50!

Be Your Own Publisher!

The ABC Espresso Book Machine turns your own creativity into a finished product. In addition to printing existing publications, you can bring your own formatted text on a flash drive and turn it into a book. Imagine submitting your manuscript to a publisher already in book form. Or how about having your dissertation, family cookbook, memoirs or poems made into a book? There’s no minimum – print one copy of your book or hundreds –  the choice is up to you!

Help us write a book: The AnyBook Award Competition

Help us create the first ever ABC Espresso Book Machine book, featuring content from you!

Be a part of this printing revolution and help ABC publish a unique book. Create something on the topic Redesign the World (the theme of this year’s PICNIC conference). Submit your original text or images – we’ll consider absolutely anything that looks good in black and white.

A professional jury will select the best entries to be compiled into our first book. We’ll post these on so that you can vote for your favorite too. You could see your work in print and on sale in our stores by the end of the year!

We’ll also award prizes to the most outstanding entries:

  • 1st Prize: € 100 in ABC Gift Vouchers, a weekend writing course with The Amsterdam Writing Workshops, and ten copies of the book.
  • 2nd Prize: € 50 in ABC Gift Vouchers and five copies of the book.
  • 3rd Prize: € 25 in ABC Gift Vouchers and five copies of the book.
  • The 4 prize winners will all go to lunch together with a leading publisher, and will win free participation in a workshop on “How to Publish Your Own Book”.

Everyone whose work is selected will get a free copy of the book.

Guidelines: Submit your original work by November 8th 2010. Visual entries should be suitable for black and white reproduction on one page. Written entries should be in English and 1000 words maximum. Please see the complete competition guidelines on

Please forward this announcement to every creative person you know who is interested in redesigning the world!