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06-24-2019

Lit! Squire Foundation and SB Public Market Offer Proust-While-You-Wait


Image of Lit! Squire Foundation and SB Public Market Offer Proust-While-You-WaitThis freaky french vending machine at the SB public market wants you to push its buttons. You've nothing to fear but literature!
Francis Ford Coppola—writer, director, producer, Brando-wrangler—is a raving fan of the short story. In 1997 (for instance) he launched the much-garlanded literary and art vehicle Zoetrope: All-Story. So it was that when Coppola learned of a nutty Roald-Dahl-like gizmo whose minimalist three buttons promised a new approach to literature, his famous auteur beard broke into a grin and he dove in with brio. “He’d found us through his daughter in Paris and was our first client in the US,” says Kristan Leroy, export director for French publisher Short Édition. “The first installation in the U.S. was at his café Zoetrope in San Francisco.”
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05-15-2019

Literary kiosk concludes introductory tour, more to arrive


Image of Literary kiosk concludes introductory tour, more to arriveWith more than 5,000 stories distributed during a test-run tour in area libraries, “short story machines” are predicted to be a hit in the fall.
From the Iowa City Public Library to the Marion Public Library, a literary kiosk has made monthly stops in Iowa City and area libraries as part of its “Creative Corridor” tour. It will make its final stop in May at the Eastern Iowa Airport. As part of a trial period before the official, permanent implementation of more “short story machines” this spring, the literary kiosk has been delighting library-goers by dispensing one-, three-, and five-minute stories on receipt-like slips of paper, said Amy Chen, English & American literature librarian at the University of Iowa Main Library.
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05-13-2019

From Dickens To Woolf, These Short Story Vending Machines In The UK Are Giving People Free Literature


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[...] While not reading is becoming a major problem among youths across the world, a French company called Short Édition has come up with a wonderful fix. It has installed UK’s first short story ][...]vending machines in London’s Canary Wharf, which, at the touch of a button, issues one, three and five-minute reads by authors like Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf. These vending machines provide thousands of short stories printed on scrolls of eco-friendly papyrus paper at absolutely no cost. Further, they even feature bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz’s specially commissioned crime story, Mr Robinson.
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05-06-2019

Short stories to snack on


Image of Short stories to snack onFrench creation, the short story dispenser, are now springing up around the world.
The Short Story Dispenser was invented by Short Edition, a French publishing house. Since 2015, the machines have been dispensing short stories on receipt paper that range from one to five minute reads, free of charge.
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05-06-2019

These Lovely Machines Dispense Short Stories To London Commuters


Image of These Lovely Machines Dispense Short Stories To London CommutersYou’ll find the Short Story Dispensers in Jubilee Place, Churchill Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden.
Stop scrolling through Instagram and read a short story next time you’re passing through Canary Wharf. These lovely machines, created by French company Short Édition, will dispense short stories for commuters — at varying lengths of one, three and five minutes. They’re printed on scrolls of eco-friendly papyrus paper and, what’s more, they are completely free of charge.
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05-06-2019

Short Story Dispensers Installed at Carolina!


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Eight short story dispensers will make their way to Chapel Hill this week as part of a collaborative partnership with UNC Press, the Department of English & Comparative Literature, UNC’s Creative Writing Program, and Arts Everywhere.
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04-30-2019

Share the love of short stories: lucky-dip stories at your school


Image of Share the love of short stories: lucky-dip stories at your schoolMillions of stories for a more poetic world !
When I read about the fabulous Short Story Dispenser by French publisher Short Edition, I imagined how wonderful it would be for each school to have their own short story dispensing machine. Then, as I was walking along a corridor of my own school, I noticed that there is a designated wall where students can leave their artwork, which that day was mostly photos and illustrations. I started wondering how many schools might have similar boards or walls for students which could be used for sharing not only visual arts, but also stories.
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04-29-2019

Canary Wharf's Short Story Dispensers


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What do you do when you're on the tube? Play a game on your phone? Listen to a podcast? Or maybe you just sit and think about what you're having for dinner? Well, from today, there's another option.
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04-25-2019

Short Story Snacks: Free Vending Machine Stories


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Readers over a certain age will remember when they’d spend their daily commute staring into space or reading a book. Now commuters pass the time gazing at, or listening to their phones. We have a vast array of options to fill our time: podcasts, games, apps, news, music and social media.
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04-25-2019

These vending machines are giving out free short stories to London commuters


Image of These vending machines are giving out free short stories to London commutersThe stories are printed on eco-friendly papyrus paper.
Once upon a time, in one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world, the people were so busy, they didn’t have time to finish reading lengthy works of fiction. So three vending machines were set up, dishing out not chocolate bars or cans of drink, but free short stories to those rushing by.
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04-25-2019

Have you stopped by one of short-story vending machines?


The UK's first short-story vending machines have been installed at a busy tube station in London's Canary Wharf. You can choose between one, three and five-minute reads...
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04-24-2019

Swem Library debuts short story dispenser, first of its kind in Virginia


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On the first night of its debut in Swem Library, the new short story dispenser printed so many short stories – 200 to be exact – that the machine ran out of paper.
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