The Espresso Book Machine® (EBM) is a state-of-the-art book-making machine, about the size of your normal copy machine that automatically prints, binds, and trims — on demand — library-quality paperback books with glossy full-color covers indistinguishable from their factory made versions. The EBM will produce a 300-page book in about four minutes while you’re watching.

NC State Bookstores is proud to be one of the first universities to own an Espresso Book Machine. From custom-made course materials to family cookbooks, the EBM machine provides a wealth of opportunity to the entire NC State community.

Endless Possibilities

Think of the Espresso Book Machine as a fully self-contained printing press. The possibilities of what you can print are endless. The only current limitation is that internal pages can only be printed in black & white. Here are some ideas:

  • course packs and lab manuals
  • customized textbooks
  • student theses and research projects
  • family cookbooks and poetry books
  • autobiographies and memoires
  • children’s stories and genealogies
  • novels and reference books
  • compilations of essays for future students

We encourage you to explore the never ending ideas. Use your creativity and have fun! If your work can be saved as an Adobe PDF file or Microsoft Word document and can fit within a 4.5″ by 4.5″ to 8.25″ by 10.5″ page, the EBM can produce your book.

ebm size 1

Trim Size: 6″ x 6″

Max page count: 425 (2″ spine)
Ideal for gift giving, poetry books & children’s stories!

ebm size 2

Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″

Max page count: 425 (2″ spine)
A good option for journals and other general printing.

ebm size 3

Trim Size: 6″ x 9″ (our most popular size)

Max page count: 425 (2″ spine)
Standard “Trade” paperback size.
Great for fiction novels and general printing.

ebm size 4

Trim Size: 7″ x 10″

Max page count: 425 (2″ spine)
Typical textbook size.
Can also be used for course packs & lab manuals.

ebm size 5

Trim Size: 8″ x 5″

Max page count: 210 (1″ spine)
Landscape oriented book that would be great for comics,
children’s books, or photo albums.

ebm size 6

Trim Size: 8.25″ x 10.5″

Max Number of Pages: 100 (.5″ spine)
Course packs, workbooks, lab manuals, reference books,
coloring books, student thesis, etc.This is the largest size we print.

The EBM machine does not reformat documents. All font sizes, margins, headers, footers, illustrations, and title pages must be laid out prior to sending the file to be printed.

Cover Template:

For a standard 6” x 9” book:
Sheet Size: 17″ x 11″
Trim Size: 13″ x 9” (6” + 6” + 1”)
.5” margins (no text outside of margins)
.5” overlapping bleed area

All covers will be printed in full color on a sheet of 11’x17” glossy coated paper and trimmed to fit the book. Your book size will be (width of left page + width of spine + width of right page) by (height of book).

cover template

Spine Calculation:

x = a + b(y/2)
x = spine width
a = cover thickness (constant of .0327″)
b = paper thickness
y = number of pages

Your book consists of 200 pages and you want it printed so that the book will be 6″ by 9″ on Springhill cream paper.
Spine width = .0327 + (.0046 x 100) = .4927″
Book size = (6″ + .4927″ + 6″) by (9″) = 12.4927″ x 9″

Page Template:

Simply set up your word processor’s page setup settings to the size of your book. So, if you are printing a 6″ x 9″ book, set the page size to 6″ x 9″. Then add the margins, and then if desired, add header and footer information. Remember, the EBM does not reformat files.  It does, however, know where to position the page on the printing press so that each page lines up correctly.

1″ top and bottom margins (all text must be within margins)
.75″ right and left margins (all text must be within margins)

page template

What is copyright?

Copyright is a legal right to control the copying, distribution, modification, display, and performance of certain types of works. It applies to text, graphics, video, audio, and many other forms of expression.

How can I use copyrighted material?

In general, you must have permission from the copyright holder to copy, distribute, modify, display or perform their work. There are few legal ways you can use copyrighted material in these ways without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder.

How does the university handle infringement complaints relating to the use of copyrighted material for official university business?

NC State University has the twin objectives of minimizing liability while also providing legal support for the activities of faculty and staff.

How does the university handle infringement complaints regarding my personal use of copyrighted materials?

The university follows official takedown and notification procedures as established by federal law.

What are NC State’s policies regarding electronic copyright infringement?

NC State will terminate the computer accounts of repeat infringers. Other disciplinary actions may also be taken.

ISBNThe International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number that identifies books all over the world. It has been the industry standard for about 40 years. It’s what distinguishes one book from another and even changes with each new edition. People from all around the world can use the ISBN to find your book. Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing key off it; all bookstores use the ISBN to organize their collections and social networking sites use the ISBN to reference books.

A bar code is a graphical representation of your books ISBN number and price. When you print a book on the EBM machine, we can attach a bar code label to allow automated scanning and point-of-sale transactions.

In order for the EBM to print your book, we will need to receive two files; one for the inside content pages and one for the complete cover. If you choose to do so, the staff can assist you with the design of your cover by using one of our templates.

When naming the files, please use the following:
YOUR LAST NAME – content.pdf
YOUR LAST NAME – cover.pdf