The Biblio-Mat is a custom-built vending machine for random second-hand books

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Toronto bookstore The Monkey’s Paw features a unique and intriguing way for readers to obtain new books: the Biblio-Mat. Created by the store’s owner, Stephen Fowler, and The Juggernaut co-founder, Craig Small, the Biblio-Mat is a vending machine built from an old metal locker than dispenses random, used books for $ 2 each. In an interview with Quill & Quire, Fowler said that his original idea was to put one of his assistants inside of a painted refrigerator box, who would then drop a book out when a coin is inserted — fortunately, Small suggested otherwise.

The general design of the Biblio-Mat was made to match the vintage feel of The Monkey’s Paw, which can be seen from the colors and lettering used on the machine to the second-hand…

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