Business: Vending Machine
Book vending machine   (+6, -1)  [vote for, against]
For when you want more than a newspaper

Basically it a machine that dispenses fresh, un-thumbed books. Would be cheaper than buying in bookstore, becuase of low overheads, and to compensate for the fact that you can't pick it up and read the blurb. The range would be limited, so only bestsellers or new releases would be stocked.
-- simonj, Jul 21 2003

(??) book vending machine http://www.bookzone...ire.cfm?wirenum=493
"Self-contained book printer that will take your book order, access the book’s digital files from where it is securely stored on the publisher’s Internet site, download, print, glue, trim and deliver the print-on-demand title to a waiting customer, all in slightly more than ten minutes." [snarfyguy, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Book Trade Vending Machine Book_20Trade_20Vending_20Machine
Very close to this idea [hippo, Jan 26 2005, last modified Jan 27 2005]

Baked in Paris http://www.gizmodo....machines-118282.php
I wonder if they got the idea from here...a google search comes up with this page [simonj, Nov 10 2005]

-- snarfyguy, Jul 21 2003

Hmm not quite what I had in mind...I was thinking more along the lines of a snack machine on a train station.
-- simonj, Jul 21 2003

They have these in the metro stations in Barcelona but I'm unable to find a corroborative link, so you'll just have to trust me.
-- my face your, Jul 21 2003

Baked at JFK Airport in NYC. No cheaper - prices are identical.
-- waugsqueke, Jul 21 2003

//a snack machine on a train station//

Right, with stacks of paperbacks; me too. I'm sure it's out there. The thing I found is, in it's own way, even cooler.

I'm positive I've seen this in Japan, as well.
-- snarfyguy, Jul 21 2003

Holy crap. That link is the coolest thing that I have ever heard. I think I have to go to Chesterfield, MO just to use it. I'd like to see it print War and Peace in 12 minutes.
-- notme, Jul 21 2003

anyone has more links/information? this is great idea.
-- engineer, Jan 26 2005

[hippo], I'd call it significantly different. This idea calls for //a machine that dispenses fresh, un-thumbed books.// Your idea has (sorry) a few flaws, like getting someone's book filled with half of the contents of their lunch, or someone sticking barcodes on junkmail.

Besides, the core feature of this is different than yours - one is a new method of sales, whereas the other is a new method of recycling.
-- Worldgineer, Jan 26 2005

Don't get upset [engineer], I've removed the mfd tag.
-- hippo, Jan 27 2005

//you can't pick it up and read the blurb//

Why not display the blurb on the front panel?
-- Detly, Jan 27 2005

Now Baked
-- simonj, Nov 10 2005

random, halfbakery