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Paige Nick

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

A vending machine for books.

It’s the little things in life that make me happy.

Like insanely clever ideas like this:

It’s called a Biblio-Mat.

It’s kind of like a random-book jukebox.

It’s a vending machine that was invented for an antiquarian bookshop in Canada called The Monkey’s Paw.

You put $2 into the coin slot, and out pops a literary surprise.

Perfect if you can’t decide what to read next.

And perfect if you’re a small independent book seller with a ton of old books on your hands.

No two books are ever the same. Collect all 113 million titles, it says on the machine.

It makes my heart beat a little faster, and it makes my jealousy muscle twitch. Why the hell didn’t I think of that?

Click here for a video of it in action.


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