It occurred to me recently that, for the most part, books arrive in our hands naked. While other items are boxed, bagged, wrapped or packaged, books rarely have a covering. There is little opportunity to create an unboxing video about books, but sometimes we just have to make our own opportunities.
So Kelly and I visited The Monkey’s Paw, a local used bookstore with a few differences. The first difference is the books themselves: you won’t find an old Nora Roberts or J.K. Rowling here. Instead, you will find a first edition aeronautics engineering book from 1958, or an ex-libris 2010 book on Sino-American relations.
We weren’t there for those scintillating titles, but instead, we were there for their Biblio-Mat. The Biblio-Mat is, they claim, the world’s first randomized, coin-operated mystery vending machine that, for just a toonie, will clank and click and ring and then dramatically (almost painfully) drop a book into the take-out port.
We had to try it. Twice. Here is the unboxing video for one of the books, Every-Day Topics by J.G. Harding.
And here is the video on how it works behind the scenes, created by Craig Small.
What We Got
Stephen Leacock’s 1922 The Dawn of Canadian History, is a small blue leather bound book published by Glasgow, Brook & Company and chronicles Aboriginal Canada (ending shortly after Columbus arrived on the continent).
Every-Day Topics by J.G. Harding is a small, brown, leather bound book published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1893. This surprisingly liberal book includes chapters on features such topics as Personal Dangers, and Woman:
If the studies and the modes of study of the college are not to be modified in consequence of the admission of women, the men – teachers and students – need to make no objection.