Quirky Bookstore unveils a Literary Vending Machine

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26th Nov, 2012

I‘m the worst in bookstores. It’s kind of like witnessing someone choose the last book they’ll ever read. So when I heard about a bookshop in Toronto by the name of Monkey’s Paw with the world’s first “antiquarian book randomiser”, essentially a literary vending machine that dispenses books like a lucky dip, the idea really spoke to me. For a very reasonable price of two Canadian dollars, “The Biblio-mat” will dispense an unusual second-hand book, personally selected for the machine from the stores eclectic collection of titles. Owner of the Monkey’s Paw bookshop, Stephen Fowler has noticed there’s a sentimental element to the Biblio-mat; “They’ll get a book and feel as though it was physically selected for them.” Built on a hunch by Fowler’s longtime friend and animator, Craig Small, the mint green and chrome retro design also speaks to customers who appreciate the nostalgic ambience of a second-hand bookstore. But enough talk, check out this baby in action…

How satisfying is the sound of that thud when a vending machine delivers your prize?!

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