Seattle-Based Drugstore Pilots Espresso Book Machine, on-Demand Printing Center

Bartell Drugs in Seattle is piloting an on-demand books center at its University Village location. The chain has 58 stores altogether in the Seattle area.

[Press Release]

Bartell Drugs Rolls Out Innovative Kodak Alaris and On Demand Books’ Espresso Book Machine Solution for In-Store Printing

Kodak Alaris today announced Seattle-based Bartell Drugs will offer consumers a full-service digital-to-print media center for all their custom print needs, via On Demand Books’ innovative, in-store Espresso Book Machine® integrated with KODAK Picture Kiosks. This state-of-the-art center is being introduced exclusively at Bartell Drugs University Village store as part of a pilot program, and marks the first time it has been offered in a drug store environment.

With this new center, consumers can now print high quality, personalized self-published books or purchase books from On Demand Books’ catalog of more than 7 million titles in just minutes. In addition to the photo books currently available at Bartell Drugs via the Kodak Alaris solutions, Bartell Drugs will also offer photo books via the Espresso Book Machine solution beginning in the spring of 2014.

“This new offering from Kodak Alaris represents the latest in exciting new solutions that are relevant to our market and help us drive business in our stores,” said Howie Cohen, category manager for Bartell Drugs. “As consumers seek more ways to express themselves and create personalized products, this technology offers an exciting, accessible way for them to engage with their content, whether through words or pictures, and create something meaningful that they can treasure for a lifetime.”

With the integrated KODAK Picture Kiosk and Espresso Book Machine solution, Bartell Drugs customers will now be able to print:

Their own self-published books of all types (e.g. family histories, novels, poetry, family recipes, school projects, etc.)
More than 7 million in-copyright or public domain books, including classics, hard-to-find titles or special interest books, via the EspressNet® digital catalog
“We’re thrilled that an innovative retailer like Bartell Drugs has adopted our new joint solution with On Demand Books,” said Larry Trevarthen, vice-president of Business Development, Kodak Alaris’ Personalized Imaging. “Bartell Drugs has consistently been at the forefront of expanding services offered to consumers to ensure that we are continually bringing them new ways to express their most important life stories. We’re excited to see Bartell customers engage with this new offering.”

Added On Demand Books CEO Dane Neller, “The Espresso Book Machine has been an innovative way for consumers to self-publish their personal and family stories for years. We are very excited, through our partnership with Kodak Alaris and Bartell Drugs, to see this technology expand into new channels where more consumers can access and use it.”

About Kodak Alaris’ Personalized Imaging Business
This business combines a unique heritage, expertise and ongoing innovation to market high-quality imaging products and services online, in store and on mobile devices. Kodak Alaris’ Personalized Imaging business consists of Retail Systems Solutions, the world leader in retail photo kiosks and dry lab systems, offering retailers a competitive advantage in the photo services market; Paper & Output Systems, offering photo specialty retailers, professional and wholesale labs, and photographers the broadest portfolio of traditional photographic paper and workflow solutions; Film Capture, offering consumers and professionals an award-winning range of still-camera film products; and Event Imaging Solutions, providing digital souvenir photography services and solutions at theme parks, iconic destinations, resorts and other markets worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.kodakalaris.com and our blog, 1000Words. Follow us on Twitter @kodakCB, on Facebook and on Instagram @kodakcb.

About Bartell Drug
Founded in Seattle in 1890, family-owned Bartell Drugs is the oldest drugstore chain in the United States and owns and operates 61 stores in King, Snohomish & Pierce counties. For more information on Bartell Drugs visit http://www.bartelldrugs.com.

About On Demand Books
On Demand Books sells the patented Espresso Book Machine (EBM), the only on demand at retail book printing solution. EBMs have been placed in bookstores, libraries, universities, and other locations in the USA, Canada, the UK, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, South Africa and the Caribbean. Made in the USA, the EBM is an environmentally friendly printing technology. For more information, go to www.ondemandbooks.com.

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  3. Michael W. Perry

    How symbolic of the changes taking place in publishing!

    Until August, I lived near there. That same upscale University Village shopping center once had a Barnes and Noble mega-bookstore. Now it’s gone, and in its place is this little Expresso POD machine. It can print a trade paperback every couple of minutes or so. No stock, no inventory, no displays, no knowledgable lover of books to give advice, just an oversized copy machine. It must be a bit like visiting Kinkos.

    I guess I shouldn’t take this personally. I’m not sure that B&N superstore ever carried one of my titles on their shelves, while every one of my books is authorized to print on Expresso’s machines.

    It’s still sad though. That B&N superstore was a marvelous place to browse or to sit and read. High school students even studied there in the afternoon. You won’t find that same atmosphere at a drugstore. It’s like the difference between getting a burger with fries at a MacDonald’s drive-up or dining in a elegant restaurant.

    This shouldn’t be taken to as a criticism of Bartell Drugs though. Many in Seattle love it because it’s a local, privately owned company rather than a giant chain run from gosh-knows-where.

    It is just that sometimes I suspect there are more important things than raw efficiency.

    –Michael W. Perry, My Nights with Leukemia: Caring for Children with Leukemia (available in just minutes at that drugstore)

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