The BIBLIO-MAT is a random book dispenser designed and built by Craig Small for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. BIBLIO-MAT books, which vary widely in size and subject matter, cost two dollars. 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.
“Who the hell would want a random book?! Bring back the dollar bin.”
– Michael Willour
“I want awesome people like the ones that built this thing around me ALL THE TIME.”
– Spock says wut?
“A random used-book vending machine. I think I am in love.”
– Neil Gaiman
“oh my fucking god! oh my fucking god! this is the coolest fucking thing I’ve ever seen!!!!!! want! want! want!”
“I WANT TO BRING ONE OF THESE ON TOUR”
– Amanda Fucking Palmer
“No thanks, I won’t pay $2 for a rubbish book that I probably don’t want to read just in order to clear this guys unmovable stock.”
“One of the coolest things I’ve seen in ages. Invention of the year?”
– Matt Galloway
“This! Is! Brilliant!”