I read a recent article about book vending machines, and I thought what a great idea! If I can buy earphones and iPods in vending machines, why shouldn't I be able to buy a book? It seems, however, that this is not a new-fangled idea but one that has been around for awhile. Here is a model from 1947, the Book-O-Matic.
And at the 2013 WORD book festival in British Columbia there were vending machines that dispensed poems. Read about the Poetry Project here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/automated-poetry-project-at-word-vancouver-festival#home
A Toronto bookshop, Monkey's Paw, created the BIBLIO-MAT. As the
world's first vending machine to dole out randomly selected used books for the cost of a toonie,
Stephen Fowler (the owner of the store) calls the BIBLIO-MAT an
"antiquarian book randomizer."