The Monkey's Paw, an offbeat bookstore in Toronto, has invested in a novel concept (literally) -- a vending machine for books.
One of life's great pleasures, at least from my point of view, has always been the pleasures of serendipity. What a great way for a used book store to turn under valued used books into an intriguing opportunity to encounter serendipity.
Of course, one could simply spin around 10 times while blindfolded and point with the intention of buying whatever book happened to be at the other end of one's finger. Not that that wouldn't be fun as well, but there's something intriguing about having to make a $2 investment in serendipity that is just plain fascinating.
No backing out. The book has been paid for. "You pays your money. You takes your chances."
My guess is there's some sort of a smile at the moment when the mystery title appears as the book drops with a thunk into the delivery bin regardless of the title.
I wonder what the economics would be if the machine could be rigged to guarantee to deliver some sort of award winning title, say 15 percent of the time.