The Monkey's Paw


...Is a tiny bookstore, situated next to a coin operated laundry mat in Toronto specializing in books that are, B.A.M.A. — beautiful, arcane, macabre, absurd and home. It's also home to the Biblio-mat.

"a vending machine the size of an industrial refrigerator, created for Fowler by the designer Craig Small. A customer drops a Canadian $2 coin into a slot; the Biblio-Mat makes a buzzing noise, a bell rings, and out pops a book. Fowler calls it the “the iPod shuffle of books.” But behind the stunt, there is a theory: the idea that the most marginal books can offer the pleasure, the value, we associate with canonical literature." - New York Times


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