In addition to filling our bellies with sugary snacks, one vending machine will soon be stuffing our brains with knowledge. People can now purchase $2 short fiction books from The Chapbook Vending Machine, which is an installation meant to encourage more love for literature. Seeing as how bookstores have been replaced by electronic ones, this machine lets people purchase books in a novel way.
Indie publisher The Head And The Hand Press has secured the ideal venue to place their innovative vending machine. Elixr Coffee, which is located in Philadelphia, will be hosting a release party for “chapbooks” on December 5 at 7 p.m. There will be complimentary coffee service, book readings, music, and the “Tasting Notes” competition, where attendees can compete to see whose odes to Elixr coffees are the best.
Nic Esposito, founder of The Head And The Hand, stumbled upon this project at a family wedding. With some help from his very enthusiastic uncle, Esposito was able to turn the cocktail-hour, small-talk idea into a reality. It would not be a surprise if these dispensers are placed in areas other than coffee shops.
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