Victor Celorio

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Victor Celorio
Inventor Victor Celorio in Gainesville 2009.jpg
Inventor Victor Celorio at Home in Gainesville, Fl., 2009
Born Victor Manuel Celorio Garrido
(1957-07-27) July 27, 1957 (age 58)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican, American
Occupation Writer, Inventor
Known for InstaBook[1]

Victor Celorio (born July 27, 1957 in Mexico City) is an author, entrepreneur, inventor, and former union organizer. He is best known as the inventor of InstaBook, a digital printing technology.[2] He lives and works in Gainesville, Florida.


As an inventor, Celorio obtained patents for the technology popularly known as InstaBook or Book On Demand,[3] as well as that of distributed printing technology in which a digital file is distributed among as many printing centers as required for immediate production and delivery. (US PATENTS 6012890,[4] 6213703,[5] Chinese Patent 97705, Mexican Patent 241092, others[6]). On March 28, 2012, in decision number 2012-000170 the USPTO rejected some of the objections presented by a third party to Celorio patent 6,2137,03, and some of the patent's nineteen claims. Celorio decided to appeal to the UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FEDERAL CIRCUIT. And on 2013, seven claims of that patent were fully validated by the Federal Court of Appeals, (see appeal number 13-1194) and the patent itself declared valid.

In the late eighties, he created a digital network of print-on-demand centers around Mexico City, and in the nineties he founded InstaBook Corporation, a company to market the technology that became known as Print on Demand or Book on Demand.[7][8]

Celorio is also a writer and publisher of several books. In an interview published in The Seybold Report, written by George A. Alexander, (2002)[9] Victor Celorio described his love affair with books since he was a child. He knew he wanted to be a writer from the time he was 10 years old and he published his first short story at the age of 14 in a magazine called Al Sur del Sur.


Inventor Victor Celorio operating one of his InstaBook, book making machines.

As an author, Celorio has published six books, both in Spanish and in English. His titles include one of the first books ever distributed through the Internet. The book was entitled Proyecto Mexico (Blue Unicorn Editions Florida, 1995, ISBN 1-58396-059-7). This work is a political essay published in 1995 in which the author proposes that Mexico, his country of origin, lacks a long-term project as a country. Therefore, all political remedies to the problems affecting that country will lack a global goal and will be short term in nature. Thus, Mexico as a country will go from one short-term solution to the next short-term solution until a true national project is negotiated among all political parties.

Publication year Title ISBN Genre
1999 Twisted Gods ISBN 1-891355-91-0 fiction thriller
1997 Blood Relatives ISBN 1-891355-66-X fiction
1995 Proyecto Mexico ISBN 1-58396-059-7 political essay
1990 The Blue Unicorn ISBN 1-58396-064-3 novel, fiction
1985 El Unicornio Azul ISBN 1-58396-063-5 novel, fiction
1981 Espejo de Obsidiana ISBN 1-891355-09-0 short-story collection

Further reading[edit]

There have been about 200 articles about Celorio and his book-printing invention, written by, among others, The New York Times, Forbes, Seybold Report, Publishers Weekly, Chicago Tribune, and the Rochester Institute of Technology; and interviews in National Public Radio; etc.

This short list includes a few of the US published articles as a sample. There have been articles written in many other countries (Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, India, China, etc.).

  • Alexander, George A. “The InstaBook Maker: book printing eases into the bookstore”, The Seybold Report: Analyzing Publishing Technologies, Seybold Publications.
  • Callea, Donna. “E-publisher Makes Mark” Daytona Beach Press. Available online at Archives
  • Edwards, Steve. “InstaBook Launches ‘Books-On-Demand’”, May 26, 2004, The Seybold Report: Analyzing Publishing Technologies, Seybold Publications. Available online at [1]
  • Haack, Douglas F. “The Simpleton Author’s Guide to“Self-Book Publishing and Printing”, 04, 2000. Available online at [2]
  • Kleper, Michael L. ”The Handbook of Digital Publishing”. Vol. II. By, Rochester Institute of Technology. Page 565, Published by Prentis Hall, 2000, ISBN 0-13-029371-7 Encyclopedia of Printing Technologies in 2 Volumes. Available online at [3]
  • Lapidus, Paul. “Helping authors get into print” The Record, North Jersey News, July 12, 2006. Available online at [4]
  • Lerner, Michael, “New technology prints books while you wait”, Forbes Magazine, 06.04.99
  • Mutter, John . “U.S. Debut for In-Store, On-Demand Machines” Publishers Weekly. 5/17/2004. Available online at [5]
  • Nishi, Dennis. “Publishing turns page with print on demand” Chicago Tribune Feb 14, 2004. Available online at [6]
  • Taub, Eric A. “For Budding Authors, a Rapid-Fire Publisher”, New York Times, June 10, 2004. Available online at [7]
  • Zeitchik, Steven. “Jersey Bookseller Becomes Publisher, Too” Publishers Weekly Daily for Booksellers – 4/29/2004. Available online at [8]
  • Zeitchik, Steven, “When We Are All Publishers” by Publishers Weekly NewsLine—4/28/2004. Available online at [9]
  • Zelchenko, Peter, “Book-on-Demand Market Pursues Affordable Run of One,” Seybold Report on Publishing Systems, vol. 30, no. 5 (Nov. 20, 2000), p. 8. Available online at [10]


  1. ^ Applebome, Peter (12 September 2004). "Have a Seat. Your Novel Will Be Out Momentarily". New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Fernandez, Manuel (26 March 2014). "Inventiva e ingenio mexicano hacen historia" (in Spanish). EG Elgolfo. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Taub, Eric A. (10 June 2004). "For Budding Authors, a Rapid-Fire Publisher". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Electronic bookstore vending machine - Patent 6012890 at
  5. ^ Electronic bookstore vending machine - Patent 6213703 at
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  7. ^ Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication. Routledge. 2008. ISBN 9781135902049. 
  8. ^ Lerner, Michael (4 June 1999). "New technology prints books while you wait". Forbes. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
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