Every Picture Tells A Story: wonderful bibliomat book vending machine

The odd and wonderful bibliomat book vending machine

The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small for The Monkey’s Paw, a quirky antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. The Biblio-Mat vending machine contains books of a random variety of sizes, themes and styles, all for $2. The machine makes a satisying whirring and stirring mechanical sound once the coins are inserted. The ring comes from an old telephone bell which triumphantly announces the book’s arrival.

The odd and wonderful bibliomat book vending machine
The odd and wonderful bibliomat book vending machine

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3 thoughts on “Every Picture Tells A Story: wonderful bibliomat book vending machine

  1. The good old fashioned way of thumbing through the book in the store to check the font size I prefer, but a fun idea to stumble upon a book you didn’t know by using a vending machine

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    1. Yes me too, something seredipitous about it. The whole vending machine thing is very addictive in Japan, and I only wish they had more vending machines with interesting things in them in my own country!

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