When I hear the words “vending machine”, I think about various candies, snacks, and untrustworthy cups of coffee. Others got creative and combined the idea of books and vending machines in some truly unique and innovative ways!
The Monkey’s Paw, an antiquarian bookstore in Toronto, specializes printed books that can’t be found just anywhere. This shop is also home of the Biblio-Mat. The Biblio-Mat is a custom-made vending machine that gives customers a mystery book for $2.00. See the Biblio-Mat in action.
Fullerton Public Library in California has a book vending machine that allows their patrons to return and check out books from the machine. The machine is geared towards commuters who may struggle with finding time to come to the library, but it can be used by anyone with a library card.
German publisher Hamburger Automatenverlag has refurbished old cigarette machines into book vending machines! The books cost about $5 and represent many genres.
This book vending machine was found in Seattle, WA.
What do you think of book vending machines?