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Vending machine that dispenses second-hand books

How great is this: a vending machine that spits out second-hand books instead of canned soda? Canadian bookseller The Monkey’s Paw has rolled out the Biblio-Mat vending machine, which lets you trade a couple of bucks for a surprise read. Apparently the original idea was far more low-tech: ‘I pictured it as a painted refrigerator box with one of my assistants inside; people would put in a coin and he would drop a book out.’ That’s a charming idea, but we’re glad the vending machine idea won out in the end. Vending machine coin drops are just way more fun.

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