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Ahh, the French—charming, smoky, literate, and they know good wine. Now they have a way to make themselves seem even deeper: book vending machines.

Stocked with 25 of Maxi-Livres best-selling titles, the machines cover the gamut of literary genres and tastes. Classics like "The Odyssey" by Homer and Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" share the limited shelf space with such practical must-haves as "100 Delicious Couscous" and "Verb Conjugations."


What about The Story of O, that erotic tale of a woman's willing subjugation? Or maybe How I Got My Daughter to Scream Like She's Being Diddled by Serge Gainsbourg?

Can't Wait for a Book? Paris Can Help [Yahoo]