Amazon having proven that, while commitments and hours in the day mean that there are only so many books I can read, there appears to be no practical limit to the number of books that I can buy.
On demand printing - as reported in the Times yesterday " IMAGINE walking into a bookshop and being certain that even the most obscure title will always be in stock" - can only make this worse.
Dr Strabismus (Whom God Preserve) of Utrecht is currently working on an automatic reading machine that will scan all the contents of a book and then pulp and recycle the paper; effectively closing the loop with on demand printing. He envisages a set up in which the output of the on demand Espresso Book Machine is fed directly into his Turbo Express Reader.
Plaudits from the Green lobby and orders from Local and central government are confidently expected.