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A Brief History of Book Vending Machines

Book Vending Machine. Not sure if I should applaud it as a method of distributing precious books or damn it as symptomatic of the decrease of the book shop in our town and cities. More from The Audiophile Man at

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Tokyo (東京都)

Tokyo street by night. Japan is the no. 1 nation in the use of vending machines, from which most are in operation 24/7. Most machines go into an energy saving mode during nighttime, but they're always open for business.


The Library Vending Machine

Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by EnvisionWare, this fully automated machine will be able to to dispense more than 400 pieces of media (books/DVDs/audiobooks) and store more than 1000 returned items.