How Does the Future Happen?

Ender points us to This MSNBC Column by Michael Rogers, who takes a look into the future at some interesting new technologies that may impact libraries in the years to come.

He talks about a company called ePac who makes books, on demand, in a matter of seconds. They say they could use this on-demand print technology for all titles with small print runs; bookstores would just order one or a few copies printed at a time. The result: a major reduction in transportation, warehousing and inventory costs for publishers.