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The store has reinvented the process of buying physical copies in-person

The rise of eBooks and ecommerce sites that provide cheap books have been responsible for the decline of bookstores. In response, a Parisian bookstore thought of a new way to utilize technology and prevent the demise of traditional bookstores. The Librairie des Puf takes on a new business model by keeping no physical books in stock, but printing books upon request.

Customers get to choose the titles they want to purchase by flipping through archives provided on tablets. After a customer chooses a title, the Espresso Book Machine quickly prints out the book while customers enjoy a cup of coffee. It is also possible for customers to add their own handwritten inscriptions on these paperbacks.

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