Built by Craig Small, the Biblio-Mat is a vending machine that dispenses used books at complete random for its clients at just 2 bucks a pop. This funky machine is situated in the The Monkey’s Paw second hand book shop in Toronto, Canada.
“The machine was conceived as an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin. When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion. The ring of an old telephone bell enhances the thrill when the customer’s mystery book is delivered with a satisfying clunk into the receptacle below.”