The Biblio-Mat, for old and unusual books

The Monkey’s Paw, Toronto’s “most idiosyncratic secondhand bookshop”, just got a little bit more idiosyncratic. A new in-store Biblio-Mat book dispenser is offering up mystery titles for a mere $2

The Monkey’s Paw, Toronto’s “most idiosyncratic secondhand bookshop”, just got a little bit more idiosyncratic. A new in-store Biblio-Mat book dispenser is offering up mystery titles for a mere $2…

Built by Craig Small, creative director at Toronto post-production, design and animation studio, The Juggernaut, the Biblio-Mat serves up random books as an alternative to the shopfront discount bin.

“Every book a surprise” it promises and ably demonstrates in an accompanying Vimeo short (below), dispensing a fine edition of Wunnerful, Wunnerful!, the 1971 autobiography of band-leader, musician and US TV star, Lawrence Welk, for this particular punter.

To work the Biblio-Mat, customers simply insert two dollars and, after a series of internal whirrings, the buzz of an old telephone bell alerts them to their new purchase in the tray below.

The shop’s “remote window display” is here. The Monkey’s Paw – and Small’s Biblio-Mat – are located at 1229 Dundas St. West (between Ossington & Dovercourt), Toronto.

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Camera: James Cooper. Editor: Nick Goso. Coding: Dan Donaldson.


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