Parisians craving Homer, Baudelaire, or Maupassant in the middle of the night can get a quick literary fix at one of the French capital's five newly installed book vending machines.
"We have customers who know exactly what they want and come at all hours to get it,'' said Xavier Chambon, president of Maxi-Livres, a low-cost publisher and book store chain that debuted the vending machines in June. "It's as if our stores were open 24 hours a day.''
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