If you were to walk into an antiquarian bookshop and, after browsing for a bit, spot this in the back corner – wouldn’t your curiosity be peaked? This is the sort of discovery I find pretty exciting. Forgive me, what’s a Biblio-Mat, you say? Well, it’s a vending machine for books! And it’s amazing! I’ve known about this vending machine for a while, and went to check it out for myself recently. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.
It’s in a local antiquarian bookshop here in Toronto, The Monkey’s Paw, and it’s so much fun. If you’re wondering whether I tried it out – of course I did! The Biblio-Mat only dispenses old books, the shop itself not selling anything published after 1980. They have a very selectively curated collection of books that will draw you in for a long time. A looong time.
I’m not going to share what book I got from the Biblio Mat, I’m going to double dog dare you to go there and try it for yourself!
Well, okay I’ll share: it’s a beautiful vintage book about British Columbia!!