Before 1500, monks spent their lives copying the Bible by hand. That method was replaced by printing presses for the next 500 years. Today, ebooks are set to end the practice of pulping trees and smearing them with ink. In all this change the direction of information access has been constant for half a millennium: faster and faster, easier and easier. The next revolution for publishers is APIs for books.
Last week, cloud based printing company Cloudprinter.com launched the CloudPublish API. The API offers publishers a print on demand service that lets publishing apps be connected to hundreds of print partners. This allows content to be printed not only locally but around the world as well.