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Introducing the Biblio-mat book-vending machine

A second-hand bookshop in Toronto called The Monkey’s Paw has designed a vending machine which will plop out a random book for two dollars.  I think this is a fantastic idea, and would have a very hard time not giving it a try a few times; the whole machine is made even better by the sales pitch on the front “Every book a surprise, no two alike, collect all 112 million titles”.  You can try your own version of this lucky dip for books on AbeBooks (albeit in a less stylish manner), just follow this link to the most recently listed $1 novels with photos… who knows what you will find.

Quill & Quire magazine recently posted an interview with the shop’s owner, Stephen Fowler.

What is the story behind the Biblio-mat?

I went fishing this past summer with Craig Small, co-founder of The Juggernaut, an animation studio in Toronto. I had this idea that I would love to have a vending machine that gave out random books. I pictured it as a painted refrigerator box with one of my assistants inside; people would put in a coin and he would drop a book out. But Craig is more pragmatic and visionary then I am. He said, “You need to have an actual mechanical vending machine.” That was beyond my wildest imaginings, but not Craig’s, so he just built it for me.

Read the whole interview here  

Posted by on November 20, 2012.

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