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   Don't know what kind of book to read? Well this book vending machine will randomly pick a book just for you

18 Nov 2012 10:54 PM   |   7724 clicks   |   NPR
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dstanley    [TotalFark]  
*shutupandtakemymoney.jpg*

18 Nov 2012 05:24 PM
Marcus Aurelius     
It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine

Wow. In Canada you can marry vending machines.

What a country!

18 Nov 2012 07:52 PM
Pope Larry II    [TotalFark]  
Link

For a pic of said machine.

Since when are we lifting stories from blogTO?

18 Nov 2012 07:55 PM
RedPhoenix122    [TotalFark]  
Is it just me, or does the vending machine look like a pack of cigarettes?

18 Nov 2012 08:11 PM
poonesfarm    [TotalFark]  
I'm not sure if I like the vending machine idea or the name of the book shop more...fark it, both are awesome.

18 Nov 2012 10:17 PM
Summoner101     

Marcus Aurelius: It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine

Wow. In Canada you can marry vending machines.

What a country!


It worked out for him because the vending machine's slot was tighter than your mom's.

/had to be done

18 Nov 2012 10:57 PM
Empty Matchbook     
Could've used one of these when my phone AND DS crapped out at the same time in an airport when my flight had just been delayed.

/wound up with Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
//better than I thought it would be so far

18 Nov 2012 10:59 PM
UsikFark    [TotalFark]  

Marcus Aurelius: It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine

Wow. In Canada you can marry vending machines.

What a country!


And the vending machine came. I found that addition to the article tasteless.

18 Nov 2012 11:05 PM
Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion     
They called the vending machine "The Monkey's Paw"? Wasn't the Monkey's Paw a cursed object that granted wishes but carried a horrible price for interfering with fate?

18 Nov 2012 11:05 PM
thisiszombocom     
i have a hard enough time finding good books to read in the library. why the eff would I want something given to me at random? dont you know how much crap there is out there?

oh even better, its from a used book store? you mean the place where people dump the garbage they dont want, so all the crap accumulates in one store? fantastic!

/ stupid hipsters

18 Nov 2012 11:09 PM
mat catastrophe     
Not exactly a *novel* idea...

/get it? novel?
//HAR

18 Nov 2012 11:13 PM
wiredroach     
Come for the funny vending machine, stay for the vintage Tom Waits soundtrack.

18 Nov 2012 11:13 PM
UsikFark    [TotalFark]  
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One of the works previously offered at this fine bookseller. 

Link

18 Nov 2012 11:14 PM
Apos     
Hmmm....I've serious reservations about this. What if I pull the lever, or push the button or whatever mechanism and I get not one, but two shiatty titles like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey: Oh Crap! Will I entitled to an immediate refund?

18 Nov 2012 11:14 PM
Apos     

Apos: Hmmm....I've serious reservations about this. What if I pull the lever, or push the button or whatever mechanism and I get not one, but two shiatty titles like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey: Oh Crap! Will I be entitled to an immediate refund?



fixed

18 Nov 2012 11:15 PM
Foxxinnia     
I wish Netflix had a random option. Just show me a random episode of Spongebob Squarepants alright? It loses some of its magic when I choose which episode I want to watch.

18 Nov 2012 11:17 PM
UsikFark    [TotalFark]  

Apos: Hmmm....I've serious reservations about this. What if I pull the lever, or push the button or whatever mechanism and I get not one, but two shiatty titles like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey: Oh Crap! Will I entitled to an immediate refund?


You won't find new trash in this store, just old trash.

18 Nov 2012 11:24 PM
SwingDancer     

thisiszombocom: i have a hard enough time finding good books to read in the library. why the eff would I want something given to me at random? dont you know how much crap there is out there?

oh even better, its from a used book store? you mean the place where people dump the garbage they dont want, so all the crap accumulates in one store? fantastic!

/ stupid hipsters


I've found plenty of good books in used bookstores. They are for those weird people who dont like to keep their books. Of which i am not counted. I have every book I ever purchased.

Of course kindle + .torrent has me only buying hard copy in a few circumstances anymore.(new, or educational, or just doesnt come out in ebook)

18 Nov 2012 11:25 PM
Apos     

UsikFark: Apos: Hmmm....I've serious reservations about this. What if I pull the lever, or push the button or whatever mechanism and I get not one, but two shiatty titles like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey: Oh Crap! Will I entitled to an immediate refund?

You won't find new trash in this store, just old trash.


Well, that's....slightly comforting.

18 Nov 2012 11:27 PM
Counter_Intelligent     
This is a good idea only if I hear Scooter say, "CATCH A BOOOOOOOOOK!!!" every time I walk up to one.

18 Nov 2012 11:29 PM
bentleypm     
12 Hardest Shots in Golf..., 'I know exactly who I'm giving this to for Christmas.'

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/hot like acid reflux

18 Nov 2012 11:30 PM
red5ish     
The last time I moved I gave away over 2000 books. Used book stores are fantastic. Moving crates full of books is not.

18 Nov 2012 11:34 PM
Thanks for the Meme-ries     
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18 Nov 2012 11:34 PM
rappy     
This is really neat.

18 Nov 2012 11:35 PM
TomD9938     
No sale.

How can a machine judge a books cover as well as I can?

18 Nov 2012 11:41 PM
Dwight_Yeast     

RedPhoenix122: Is it just me, or does the vending machine look like a pack of cigarettes?


For some reason, it reminds me of old Penguin paperback covers:

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18 Nov 2012 11:41 PM
jaytkay    [TotalFark]  
The machine in question is beautiful

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/ $2? oh hell yeah I would not complain regardless of the output

18 Nov 2012 11:42 PM
fusillade762     

Foxxinnia: I wish Netflix had a random option. Just show me a random episode of Spongebob Squarepants alright? It loses some of its magic when I choose which episode I want to watch.


They used to have this old thing that did that. Can't remember what it was called, though.

18 Nov 2012 11:42 PM
wildcardjack    [TotalFark]  
Hmmm, I need to find out who does the vending machines in the local hotel lobbies. I could supply them with high quality used MMPB's.

/I want to open a used book store at the airport.

18 Nov 2012 11:43 PM
poonesfarm    [TotalFark]  

thisiszombocom: i have a hard enough time finding good books to read in the library.


Where is this library you frequent? It must be one of the worst ever.

18 Nov 2012 11:45 PM
red5ish     
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18 Nov 2012 11:46 PM
Duck_of_Doom     

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: They called the vending machine "The Monkey's Paw"? Wasn't the Monkey's Paw a cursed object that granted wishes but carried a horrible price for interfering with fate?


Nice catch, great short story. Now we know what the machine contains:

Apos: Apos: What if I pull the lever, or push the button or whatever mechanism and I get not one, but two shiatty titles like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey


18 Nov 2012 11:51 PM
bubo_sibiricus     
What is it with npr lately? They have been using this farkhueg font. It's like they haven't heard of DPI settings and font sizes being the perview of the client OS.

18 Nov 2012 11:55 PM
bubo_sibiricus     

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: They called the vending machine "The Monkey's Paw"? Wasn't the Monkey's Paw a cursed object that granted wishes but carried a horrible price for interfering with fate?


Yes, which means you should just accept what the machine vends, read the book and not tempt fate too much. That's the lesson of the Monkey's Paw.

BTW, in the old days of the 80s, the CBC had a series of friday-night horror radio plays broadcast on shortwave. One of which was The Monkey's Paw. It was so good and so frightening, I had very weird dreams that night. There isn't anything like that south of the border in New England. I wish Trinity Rep would do some of these on the local station.

19 Nov 2012 12:02 AM
Hoopy Frood     
"Collect all 112 million titles"

Nice.

19 Nov 2012 12:07 AM
fredzilla     
I wonder if any of you Farkers know if there is a web tool that helps users find books that they would likely want to read; Kind of like Netflix's recommend feature based on ratings you give movies you've watched. I'd like the same for books. Does that exist?

19 Nov 2012 12:08 AM
anuran     

fredzilla: I wonder if any of you Farkers know if there is a web tool that helps users find books that they would likely want to read; Kind of like Netflix's recommend feature based on ratings you give movies you've watched. I'd like the same for books. Does that exist?


Friends are good for that.
And if you buy a lot of books from Amazon its recommendations can get scary-good after a few years.

19 Nov 2012 12:12 AM
nytmare     
So this is better than going to the library and going "eeny meeny miney moe", how?

19 Nov 2012 12:13 AM
DarkSoulNoHope     
I tried one of these, except it actually referred a book to me based on the questions it asked.

When I said I was: Depressed, lonely, argumentative, selfish, and prideful; it spat out a Torah scroll!

19 Nov 2012 12:14 AM
Blue_Blazer     
This is pretty cool.

/got nuthin

19 Nov 2012 12:20 AM
Big Merl    [TotalFark]  

fredzilla: Does that exist?


I think Good Reads does that.

19 Nov 2012 12:22 AM
Darkraven     
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19 Nov 2012 12:24 AM
jaytkay    [TotalFark]  

fredzilla: I wonder if any of you Farkers know if there is a web tool that helps users find books that they would likely want to read; Kind of like Netflix's recommend feature based on ratings you give movies you've watched. I'd like the same for books. Does that exist?


Boston.com - 7 book recommendation websites to find your next good read

The seven are:
GoodReads
What Should I Read Next?
Shelfari
Whichbook
Library Thing
Gnooks
The Staff Recommends

19 Nov 2012 12:27 AM
buckler     

wildcardjack: Hmmm, I need to find out who does the vending machines in the local hotel lobbies. I could supply them with high quality used MMPB's.

/I want to open a used book store at the airport.


PDX has one: Powell's Books.

19 Nov 2012 12:31 AM
just_another_asshole/jaa     

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: They called the vending machine "The Monkey's Paw"? Wasn't the Monkey's Paw a cursed object that granted wishes but carried a horrible price for interfering with fate?


It's The Monkey's Paw used book store!
The machine is the Biblio-Mat!

19 Nov 2012 12:34 AM
Theory Of Null     

Foxxinnia: I wish Netflix had a random option. Just show me a random episode of Spongebob Squarepants alright? It loses some of its magic when I choose which episode I want to watch.


They need streaming networks/stations, Or just have some wayne garth looking dude on a couch saying ok everyone this is what we are watching tonight.

19 Nov 2012 12:43 AM
grimlock1972     
*tries the machine*

*gets 50 shades of grey*

FML

19 Nov 2012 01:00 AM
Feral_and_Preposterous     
"Just for you"? Shut up.

19 Nov 2012 01:13 AM
dbirchall     
The next version will also serve you a hot cup of something that is almost, but not entirely, unlike tea.

19 Nov 2012 01:21 AM
Oznog     

Dwight_Yeast: RedPhoenix122: Is it just me, or does the vending machine look like a pack of cigarettes?

For some reason, it reminds me of old Penguin paperback covers:

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Sure, it looks like a Newports. But I'm also getting a "Miss Crushinator" vibe from it, strangely enough. Anyone else?

19 Nov 2012 01:23 AM
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