the 'biblio-mat' by craig small randomly dispenses books for two dollars
the 'biblio-mat' by craig small randomly dispenses books for two dollars the 'biblio-mat' by craig small randomly dispenses books for two dollars
nov 19, 2012

the 'biblio-mat' by craig small randomly dispenses books for two dollars

the ‘biblio-mat’ by craig small randomly dispenses books to customers for two dollars a piece



the ‘biblio-mat’ is a random book dispenser which was conceived as an alternative to the often ignored discount sidewalk bins or tables of old publications typical of used bookstores. built by craig small for the monkey’s paw, an antiquarian bookshop in toronto, the volumes distributed by the vending machine all cost two canadian dollars regardless of their size or subject. the ‘biblio-mat’ vibrates and whirrs upon a purchase, setting the contraption in motion. to add to the fun and surprise of it all, the ring of an old telephone is prompted as the customer’s mystery title is released into the receptacle with a satisfying clunk.

upon purchase, the book drops into the receptacle below with a satisfying clunk

loading up the ‘biblio-mat’



the biblio-mat
video courtesy of craig small



via boing boing

  • Wait.. you mean.. Read a book.. WITHOUT pre-judging its worth by the picture on the cover?! I don’t know.. this is very radical.. Could you imagine if I just happened to learn something that wasn’t what I previously thought?! How could I ever survive such an encounter.

    Atwas911 says:

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