Yesterday, I was intrigued by a news release about the Toronto Public Library’s new venture to provide a book printing service, Asquith Press, that will enable “customers to design and print bookstore-quality paperback books.” The library is offering information sessions and classes open to all: from authors and aspiring writers to anyone who would like to create a book for their own personal interest. “Novels, cookbooks, family histories, memoirs and how-to guides are just a few examples of what can now be printed at the library.”
People of all ages and skill levels will apparently be able to print their own books on site at the Toronto Reference Library. This service provides all sorts of opportunities for family historians from creating copies of an old autograph book to share with family members to reproducing a child’s artwork for grandparents to publishing a family history.
Jane Pyper, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library said, “For the first time ever, we’re able to print books right here at the library. We’re excited to offer this service to everyone – authors, aspiring authors and hobbyists – and to see their books come off the press. Asquith Press is the latest in a series of innovations that we’re introducing to give Toronto residents access to new technologies.”
I think I’m jealous.