Gizmag had another interesting article about a new vending machine. Craig Small has created a vending machine to sell used books. Put two dollars in and the machine will randomly dispense a used book.
Now, I like the idea of a vending machine that sells used books for two dollars. I don't like the idea of books being dispensed randomly.
My writing tastes are varied. While, sure, yes, it would be interesting to see what emerges for my two dollar offering, I find that I like to read certain books and types of books by mood. Some days I want something light and campy, like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, or light and humorous, like Lisa Lutz', Spellman files. Other days, I'll pluck out a cozy, like something from Donna Leon.
But darkness also calls. I'm not too fond of horror but I'll pick up gritty police procedurals, maybe a Tana French book, or something from Lionel Shriver. Or I'll fall back on my love of science fiction and fantasy and go find something with that flavor. Somedays I fall back on old masters and favorites, "Catch 22", "Catcher in the Rye", "The Count of Monte Cristo". Or I'll be in a short story mood and seize a copy of "The Best American Short Stories". I enjoy many young adult series and will read a Maximum Overdrive book, or I'll pluck something new, like the National Book Award winner, "City of Goblins" by William Alexander.
But unseen, random offerings from a machine?
I don't know if I'm ready for that.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com