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[US] Work of local sixth-grader featured in library’s short story dispenser

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Kailani Clark Lay and her short story, “A Mustang’s Decision,” printed by Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Short Story Dispenser. courtesy of Kailani Clark Lay

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado’s first short story dispenser has a new author in its mix, and the journey that her piece took to get there is a story in itself. When Kailani Clark Lay heard about Bud Werner Memorial Library’s short fiction contest last summer, she got right to work. Kailani, who’s currently in sixth grade at Steamboat Springs Middle School, often reads books about horses and is a horseback rider herself. Last summer, she trained a horse named Pendleton, and the two formed a close connection. Her short story begins with a girl who adopts a mustang.

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12-03-2019

[UK] Book to the future: how the way we read has changed

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Bringing a new meaning to the term “snackable content”, in September, the University of Lincoln installed free vending machines dispensing passages from classic novels or poems instead of packets of crisps.

Universities/Education  

12-02-2019

[CA] Got one, three or five minutes? This machine gives you short stories to read for free

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A short story dispenser at WaterPark Place lets users choose how many minutes they want to read then spits out a story for free. copyright D. Dundas

Looking for a story to read your kid before bed? Don’t want to look at your device over your coffee break? Need a read for the commute? Near the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just outside the food court, near the pedestrian overpass to Union Station, you’ll notice a machine. It was installed just about two months ago by a forward-looking team from Oxford Properties, which runs the building, led by general manager Beverly Tay.

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11-19-2019

[US] Short story dispenser in Swem Library incorporates literature into daily life

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Upon entering Earl Gregg Swem Library, most of us head straight to our favorite work areas, in a rush to either secure a table on the first floor for meetings or more casual studying, or to claim a desk on the second and third floors for a quieter study session. No matter the case, in our focused frenzies, we tend to miss the short story dispenser situated to the left of the library entrance along the elevator wall. The little machine, with its backlit panel and dark base, prints short stories from a wide range of genres onto receipt-like slips of paper after readers have selected their preferred length of story, either one, three or five minutes long.

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11-12-2019

[US] Oakland Airport wait? Try a free on-demand short story on eco-friendly paper

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Short story dispensers print 5-minute reads for travelers. (Oakland International Airport)

Put down your phone and find a seat. It’s time to print out a free short story and read it while you wait for your flight. Last month, Oakland International Airport unveiled two short-story dispensers for passengers in both its terminals.

Transport  

11-04-2019

[US] OAK Adds Short Story Dispensers

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Oakland International Airport (OAK) is partnering with innovative French company Short Édition to provide free Short Story Dispensers to engage passengers while they wait for flights.

Transport  

10-21-2019

[UK] University of Lincoln installs literary vending machines

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The machines print a few lines taken randomly from a database of 100,000 titles

Free vending machines that dispense words instead of chocolate have been installed at the University of Lincoln. The two machines print a few paragraphs from a classic novel or a poem taken randomly from a database of 100,000 titles.

Universities/Education  

10-10-2019

[UK] UK University Installs Free ‘Vending Machines’ to Dispense Tiny Short Stories Printed on Eco-Friendly Paper

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Short Story Dispenser at Lincoln University - A snack for your mind - SWNS

This university has become the first in the United Kingdom to install vending machines that are designed to dispense free short stories for students to read on campus—and any writer will soon be able to submit their own prose.

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09-28-2019

[CA] Check Out the Short Story Dispenser Inside Calgary’s Central Library

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Photograph courtesy of Calgary Public Library.

Located beside Lukes inside the new Central Library, the short story dispenser offers one-minute, three-minute and five-minute stories on demand. When you order a latte at Lukes inside the new Central Library, consider whether you’d like a one-minute, three-minute, or five-minute story with it.

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09-27-2019

[QC] Inauguration de l’Hôtel Monsieur Jean

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Hier, l’Hôtel Monsieur Jean était officiellement inauguré. En plein cœur du quartier historique du Vieux-Québec, Monsieur Jean étonne à plusieurs niveaux. L’emplacement, central pour les touristes qui visitent la capitale, offre à la fois une vue sur le fleuve et sur les célèbres remparts de la ville. Que ce soit pour une nuit ou pour un plus long séjour, l’une des 49 suites vous impressionnera et vous accueillera à bras ouverts. Ce nouveau projet au cœur de la ville mérite assurément le détour, ne serait-ce que pour venir admirer le hall ou récupérer une histoire romantique au distributeur d’histoires courtes @Short Edition.

Short Story Dispenser   Coffee/Hotel/Restaurant   Print Media  

09-18-2019

Les gares célèbrent la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme

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Les Distributeurs d'Histoires Courtes participent à l'événement

Chaque jour, un million de voyageurs empruntent les grandes gares franciliennes.Quel meilleur lieu pour faire passer un message? Le 70e anniversaire de la signature de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme, le 10 décembre 2018, est l'occasion de réunir les citoyens autour des trente articles de la charte qui représente «l'idéal commun à atteindre par tous les peuples et toutes les nations».

Print Media   Transport  

09-18-2019

[UK] Introducing Lincoln’s first poetry vending machine

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Professor Mary Stuart launches Lincoln Short Story vending machine. Photo: University of Lincoln

Two innovative new vending machines were launched at the University of Lincoln this week, but instead of the usual chocolate and crisps it will dispense poetry.

Short Story Dispenser   Universities/Education   Blog or Website