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Bartell pilots digital print media kiosk
November 15th, 2013
SEATTLE – Bartell Drugs is testing a state-of-the-art system that will let its customers print anything from a personal photo book to a classic novel in just minutes.
The full-service digital-to-print media center features On Demand Books' in-store Espresso Book Machine integrated with Kodak Picture Kiosks.
It is being introduced at Bartell Drugs' University Village store as part of a pilot program and marks the first time that it has been offered in a drug store.
The new center allows consumers to print paperback books that the suppliers involved say are indistinguishable from books produced by traditional publishers. People can print their own books — including family histories, novels, poetry, family recipes, school projects, etc.— or buy from On Demand Books' catalog of more than 7 million titles, including classics, hard-to-find titles or special interest books.
Bartell Drugs will also offer an expanded assortment of photo books via the Espresso Book Machine 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," saod Bartell category manager Howie Cohen. "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."