Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Second-Hand Book Vending Machine


Well this is a bit cool. A second-hand bookshop in Canada has created a vending machine which gives customers a random book, for just $2 a time.

The Monkey's Paw, a bookshop in Toronto, describes itself as “Toronto’s most idiosyncratic second-hand bookshop" and already boasted a collection of insect taxonomies, but it has outdone itself with this fantastic piece of design. Owner Stephen Fowler came up with the idea, before designer Craig Small brought it to life, utilising an old metal locker and a suitably retro design.

The 'Biblio-mat' is described as “an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin” and has been a hit with customers. Check out how it works in the video below.

So, next time you just can't think what to read (and you happen to be in Toronto), just pop $2 in this and let it 'choose' one for you.

Images: Craig Small/The Monkey's Paw



The 50 coolest books ever


Vending machine gives you a coke for a hug


The mashed potato vending machine



Obama just danced to Hotline Bling with Usher

Still officially the coolest President of all time

24 Oct 2016

Watch this huntsman spider kill a mouse and never sleep again

Of course it happened in Australia

by David Cornish
24 Oct 2016

The new bike lock that will literally makes thieves sick

The SkunkLock sprays a vomit-inducing chemical when cut

by Tom Fordy
21 Oct 2016

Watch Donald Trump meet Saint & Greavsie to do the Rumbelows Cup draw

Did this really happen?

21 Oct 2016

Baby Jesus statue in Canada criticised after 'shocking' restoration

A holy cock up

by Tom Fordy
21 Oct 2016

This man tried to shoplift a venetian blind stuffed down his trousers

Fair play

20 Oct 2016

Great men tells us about the greatest beer they ever had

Irvine Welsh, Idris Elba, Frank Turner, Ken Loach & more

20 Oct 2016

This letter from George Bush to Bill Clinton shows Trump what class is

From one President to another

by Dave Fawbert
20 Oct 2016

Charlie Brooker on nostalgia, social media and Black Mirror

The Black Mirror creator has his say on the filmmaker's criticism of modern TV

20 Oct 2016

An ode to Kumbuka, the gorilla who escaped and downed 5l of squash

Let's take a moment to savour ZSL London's great primate escape, the hero we all want to be

by Tristan Cross
20 Oct 2016