Polk County, Fla. Tourism Center Has Book/DVD Vending Machine

Two new rental machines at a tourism center in Polk County, Fla., dispense DVDs and books, according to KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas. The machines take library cards and are monitored by a computer system. Residents can check out three items at a time for three weeks.

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Editor's Insight: Unlike Redbox, these machines in Polk County, Fla. appear to be glassfront snack machines being used to dispense books and DVDs instead of snacks.

There might be an opportunity here for vending operators who have taken glassfront machines out of service. Operators can offer their services to libraries who are interested in having these machines. 02-02-11 Elliot Maras