Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Mark: The Biblio-Mat

Back in March I had a post about a Brazilian company that created a book vending machine. A bookseller in Toronto has taken this idea and flipped it about 90 degrees. Whereas with the Brazilian model one can select the book to be purchased, the one in Toronto is built to make a surprise.

This vending machine is great for book lovers who can’t decide on their next read. Built by Craig Small for antiquarian bookshop The Monkey’s Paw in Toronto, the Biblio-Mat gives you a random old book when you insert $2. Sporting the claim of 112 million titles and no two alike, the Biblio-Mat offers customers a literary surprise that can vary widely in size and subject matter.
The sound of an old telephone bell and a clunk signal that the mystery book has been dispensed. The machine was created as a fun alternative to a bargain bin where customers can dig through discounted books. You can check it out in the video below:

1 comment:

  1. What fun! Maybe I'll get in a visit the next time I'm in Ontario.