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Automatenverlag – buy a book, not a cigarette pack

Fact: Smoking cigarettes is not good for you. Next fact: Vending machines are geeky and wonderful. More facts: You should really read more books, and luckily all this will come to a good end. How is that? Entrepreneural Germans have put up a publishing house, re-using the beforementioned vending machines, but for selling words on paper. The Hamburger Automatenverlag is using old, trusted and refurbished cigarette vending wonders from the past (hand-forged molded recesses, electronics-free action) for offering books from local writers in cigarette-pack size. Drop in 4 Euros in coins ($ 4,78 or GBP 3,11) and pull out your next addiction: Reading books. Poetry, city guides, bedtime stories. But, well, there’s bad news, too. Indicated by words like “Germans”, “Hamburger” and “local”, you’ll soon get the idea of something great happening exclusively in northern Germany. And we can only hope this literary epdemic will soon spread to a vending machine near you.

Robuste Mechanik. Satter Farbauftrag. Metallene Schubfächergriffe. Handwerkliche Qualität, die noch aus einer Zeit stammt, als elektronische Kartenkennung ein Fremdwort war und Tabak für Genuss stand.

Wo sonst findet man noch diese innen abgerundeten, formschönen handgeschmiedeten Griffschalen, die erst gegen den beachtlichen Zugwiderstand von 0,3 Kilopond die Warenausgabeschachtöffnung freigeben.

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