Photo: Shai Rosenzweig
Photo: Shai Rosenzweig
Going to the bookmat? Get me an Amos Oz
Israeli company promoting book vending machine after success of video vending machines
It started with ATM machines for withdrawing cash from bank accounts, moved to video vending machines and expanded to soda and chocolate bars vending machines. Lately, automatic vending machines were invented to sell warm French fries, pizza and freshly squeezed fruit juice.


Now a new automatic innovation is being promoted: a book vending machine.


The new machine was conceived by Hadassim Systems Solutions of Kibbutz Ein Harod Meuhad. The machine is operated through a computerized touch screen which can display books selected by costumers.


In addition, the machine displays information about selected books and their author before purchase. The company plans to allow buyers access to extracts of the book, which they can sample before making a purchase.


Books will be sold 10 percent cheaper than bookstores, Hadassim says.


In the future, CDs, medicines, hygiene products and other products will be sold through automated vending machines. Vending machines selling non-prescription drugs for example will give people access to information leaflets.


The first book vending machine will be installed at the Dizengoff Center mall in Tel Aviv. Machines will also be dispersed at train stations and at Ben-Gurion International Airport.


Kibbutz officials spoke of plans to export their latest invention to add to their exported product range. Video vending machines are the Kibbutz's main export.


This article was first published in Yedioth Ahronoth


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