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Introducing the Biblio-Mat!

November 15, 2012 | by

The Monkey’s Paw dubs itself “Toronto’s most idiosyncratic secondhand bookshop,” a mix of antiquarian treasures, oddities, art installations, and eccentricities of all kinds. Their latest innovation? The Biblio-mat, a vending machine that  dispenses random used books. As owner Stephen Fowler told Quill & Quire, “The books in the machine are two dollars each—that’s not enough to make any profit, but the nature of the secondhand book business is that I end up with a lot of books that are interesting and worth keeping and disseminating, but have no practical retail value.”

For more on why we love this place, check out this 2010 short film:





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  1. Stephen Fowler | November 16, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Wanna peek inside the Biblio-mat? Here’s a very amusing video produced by the machine’s creator:

  2. Ryan Starsailor | November 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I really like the design of the thing. It’s like a gigantic pack of cigarettes that also functions as a refrigerator.

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