From Open Culture (one of my favorite sites).
This device, called a Biblio-Mat (Biblio-Robot), was inspired by Stephen Fowler, owner of a second-hand bookstore in Toronto, Canada and instantiated by Craig Small.
This lovely little device will dispense random books for the very modest price of $2 (that's two Canadian dollars which is about 1.5 Euros). What a cool concept.
The Monkey's Paw. I think it would be well worth buying a plane ticket from Paris to Toronto just to be able to walk in there, use the device and get a random book. Why? Because it perfectly satisfies my inner geek, my bodice-ripping book lust and the hidden joueuse (gambler) who intends to play the cosmic crapshoot of life as long as she can.
Of course there are other reasons as well to visit the fair city of Toronto so I'm going to put it at the top of the list of future Flophouse destinations once I get well enough to get on an airplane again.
And many thanks to Patrick Moore of Toronto who was passing by the Monkey's Paw and was kind enough to send along this photo. Merci infiniment, Pat.
The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.