Literary Vending Machine

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In Toronto, The Monkey’s Paw, like many used-book stores, was unsure what to do with that cart of discounted books that nobody seemed to want.

So proprietor Stephen Fowler came up with the “Biblio-Mat,” a retro contraption where customers insert a coin and out dispenses an “old and unusual” book.

The Biblio-Mat made its debut this month. You can read an interview with Fowler at Quill & Quire.


Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16 . More from this author →