A book shop in Toronto has set up a vintage book vending machine, the Biblio-Mat, in a hope to attract new customers and become a destination store. I hope it will work. I am booking my flights to Canada as we speak.*
The books cost just $2 (although the owner has apparently been struggling to re-fill the machine with inexpensive books now that it has become popular).
Imagine having book vending machines at train stations and in hospital waiting rooms! It should happen. Perhaps it's just too retro in the age of the e-reader but I can't help but love the concept.
Meanwhile, the Momentum Project is staging another event in Newham next weekend, in association with Food For All. The last inspiration evening in the community focused on the project we could physically build in the two days allocated to the Oasis game. However, during that week, the local council also agreed to re-purpose a disused area of the community as a skate park. So this coming Saturday, the local kids and adults get to join forces, eat food donated by FFA and design their next dream. I'll be attending and baking some chocolate chip cookies to take along, too.
*I am not actually going to Canada, although I wish I could.