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(NPR)   Don't know what kind of book to read? Well this book vending machine will randomly pick a book just for you   (npr.org) divider line 66
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2012-11-18 05:24:51 PM
*shutupandtakemymoney.jpg*
 
2012-11-18 07:52:06 PM
It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine

Wow. In Canada you can marry vending machines.

What a country!
 
2012-11-18 07:55:54 PM
Link

For a pic of said machine.

Since when are we lifting stories from blogTO?
 
2012-11-18 08:11:31 PM
Is it just me, or does the vending machine look like a pack of cigarettes?
 
2012-11-18 10:17:23 PM
I'm not sure if I like the vending machine idea or the name of the book shop more...fark it, both are awesome.
 
2012-11-18 10:57:58 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!


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

/had to be done
 
2012-11-18 10:59:42 PM
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
 
2012-11-18 11:05:31 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!


And the vending machine came. I found that addition to the article tasteless.
 
2012-11-18 11:05:33 PM
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?
 
2012-11-18 11:09:31 PM
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
 
2012-11-18 11:13:07 PM
Not exactly a *novel* idea...

/get it? novel?
//HAR
 
2012-11-18 11:13:17 PM
Come for the funny vending machine, stay for the vintage Tom Waits soundtrack.
 
2012-11-18 11:14:42 PM
sempe.files.wordpress.com

One of the works previously offered at this fine bookseller. 

Link
 
2012-11-18 11:14:52 PM
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?
 
2012-11-18 11:15:57 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 be entitled to an immediate refund?



fixed
 
2012-11-18 11:17:20 PM
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.
 
2012-11-18 11:24:09 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?


You won't find new trash in this store, just old trash.
 
2012-11-18 11:25:10 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


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)
 
2012-11-18 11:27:09 PM

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.
 
2012-11-18 11:29:27 PM
This is a good idea only if I hear Scooter say, "CATCH A BOOOOOOOOOK!!!" every time I walk up to one.
 
2012-11-18 11:30:47 PM
12 Hardest Shots in Golf..., 'I know exactly who I'm giving this to for Christmas.'

madamepickwickartblog.com

/hot like acid reflux
 
2012-11-18 11:34:20 PM
The last time I moved I gave away over 2000 books. Used book stores are fantastic. Moving crates full of books is not.
 
2012-11-18 11:34:55 PM
i291.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-18 11:35:20 PM
This is really neat.
 
2012-11-18 11:41:25 PM
No sale.

How can a machine judge a books cover as well as I can?
 
2012-11-18 11:41:39 PM

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:

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2012-11-18 11:42:26 PM
The machine in question is beautiful

www.blogto.com 

/ $2? oh hell yeah I would not complain regardless of the output
 
2012-11-18 11:42:41 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.


They used to have this old thing that did that. Can't remember what it was called, though.
 
2012-11-18 11:43:05 PM
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.
 
2012-11-18 11:45:56 PM

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.
 
2012-11-18 11:46:32 PM
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2012-11-18 11:51:42 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?


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

 
2012-11-18 11:55:47 PM
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.
 
2012-11-19 12:02:41 AM

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.
 
2012-11-19 12:07:00 AM
"Collect all 112 million titles"

Nice.
 
2012-11-19 12:08:23 AM
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?
 
2012-11-19 12:12:24 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?


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.
 
2012-11-19 12:13:54 AM
So this is better than going to the library and going "eeny meeny miney moe", how?
 
2012-11-19 12:14:03 AM
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!
 
2012-11-19 12:20:17 AM
This is pretty cool.

/got nuthin
 
2012-11-19 12:22:09 AM

fredzilla: Does that exist?


I think Good Reads does that.
 
2012-11-19 12:24:12 AM
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2012-11-19 12:27:33 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?


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
 
2012-11-19 12:31:32 AM

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.
 
2012-11-19 12:34:25 AM

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!
 
2012-11-19 12:43:30 AM

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.
 
2012-11-19 01:00:00 AM
*tries the machine*

*gets 50 shades of grey*

FML
 
2012-11-19 01:13:00 AM
"Just for you"? Shut up.
 
2012-11-19 01:21:04 AM
The next version will also serve you a hot cup of something that is almost, but not entirely, unlike tea.
 
2012-11-19 01:23:24 AM

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?
 
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