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October 18, 2016

France installs vending machines giving out free short stories at train stations


No book? No problem. A series of vending machines have been installed across France that dispense short stories for train passengers to read on their commutes.


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October 18, 2016

France installs vending machines giving out free short stories at train stations


No book? No problem. A series of vending machines have been installed across France that dispense short stories for train passengers to read on their commutes.

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October 17, 2016

Forget snacks, French vending machines offer free short stories


Imagine waiting alone for the bus, with little to do other than scrolling down the endless stream of social media on your large-screen smartphone. People idling at French train stations may now have a more interesting option: reading a short story at the push of a button on a vending machine.

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October 6, 2016

The vending machines in France that are dispensing free short stories by Short Edition




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October 5, 2016

Vending Machines Give Out Free Short Stories at French Train Stations


Commuters can now add some culture to their journeys. About a year ago, commuters in the French city of Grenoble began to put down their phones in favor of a more literary way to kill time on their way to work. By going to one of several vending machines at train stations around the city, train riders can print out short stories to read by simply tapping a few buttons—all for free.
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October 5, 2016

Long trip ahead? France has a free vending machine that supplies poems, stories for your commute


No journey is complete without a good read. But not always we do get to carry books or even our e-book readers for that matter. Does that mean we don’t have the desire to read something while waiting at stations? Not really! Well, to satisfy such desires, stations and offices in France have come up with a brilliant solution — a vending machine that supplies short stories or poems on demand. Yes, isn’t it absolutely awesome? We are jealous, when is it coming to India?
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October 5, 2016

This French train station has an inventive way to entertain passengers


Who doesn't love passing the time on the train with a good book or magazine? But what if you forget your reading material and you're facing a journey where you have to a) look at the seat in front or b) listen to people's weird and wonderful conversations? Well one clever train station in France has come up with a handy alternative. Instead of turning to your smartphone's intermittent WiFi you can read a short story on the train instead. The train station, in Grenoble, have installed FREE short story vending machines. What an amazing invention!
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October 4, 2016

Free Short Story Vending Machines Arrive In France To Keep Commuters Entertained On The Go


If you are a frequent traveller and a voracious reader, then you know the pain of leaving a book behind. That's seriously the worst thing to happen. And even though e-readers do save the day nowadays, only book readers know the joy of holding a tale in their hands! But not in France, not anymore. Courtesy vending machines that will dispense short stories to keep one entertained.
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October 4, 2016

Free Short Stories On Offer At French Train Stations


Vending machines at train stations in Paris and a dozen other French cities are now offering something far more nourishing than chocolate bars, packets of crisps, and cans of fizzy juice: literature. This joint project of the publishing house Short Edition and the SNCF Gares & Connexions service is the latest cultural offering to be rolled out in the nation’s transport hubs, following the introduction of pianos, art exhibitions, and regular concerts.
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October 4, 2016

Passengers in France bored with waiting for their train can now print out free short stories from vending machines


We've all been there - the train is running late and you've run out of people to stare at on the platform or Facebook status updates to read and the heavy boredom is sinking in. Those scenarios are soon-to-be distant memories for the French, who have now got vending machines at stations across France that dispense short stories to waiting passengers.
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October 4, 2016

Vending machines filled with free short stories introduced in French train stations


Train operator SNCF wants passengers to experience 'a journey before the journey' - at no charge
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October 4, 2016

These Short Story Vending Machines Are The Most Gloriously French Thing Ever.


Trust the land of Proust, Verne and de Beauvoir to land a blow for literature in the age of the smart phone. Across train stations in France, vending machines have been installed that print off free short stories to give commuters an alternative to checking Facebook on their way to and from work.
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October 4, 2016

Vending machines that dispense snacks and drinks = great.


Vending machines that dispense free short stories to read while you wait for your train? Um, we’re obsessed. The machines, from publishing house Short Edition, have now been placed at 24 train stations all over France after first being trialled at Grenoble train station.
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October 3, 2016

French train stations now have vending machines that dispense short stories to entertain you while you wait


There’s nothing worse than having to wait for your train when you’ve forgotten your book, all the free papers have gone, or you just don’t feel like falling down the rabbit hole of the Internet via your smartphone. Which is why France’s idea to install free short story vending machines is genius.
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September 28, 2016

In France, Train Stations Dispense Short Stories To Entertain Commuters


“What if you could just push a button to get a story before boarding a train – a journey before the journey in a sense,” reads SNCF website.
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July 10, 2016

Dispensing with words


Don't have time to read any more? Residents in a town in southern France don't have that problem. Thanks to the startup website short-editions-dot-com 10,000 short story authors have been matched with a community of 150,000 regular readers with time to kill while waiting on line. David Turecamo explains an innovative technology.