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2018-09-25

Short Story Dispenser: Printed Literature On the Go


Image of Short Story Dispenser:  Printed Literature On the GoThe UTA Library has installed a short story dispenser that delivers literature, both classic and contemporary works of art, in a vending machine style.
The dispenser delivers literature, both classic and contemporary works of art, in a vending machine style. Users can select whether they want a one, three or five-minute story by pressing a simple button. The dispenser will then print a randomly selected short story on a scroll type paper. “This machine allows our community to take printed literature on the go,” said Rebecca Bichel, UTA dean of Libraries. “We want to encourage literacy and the short story dispenser allows us to present great writing easily packaged for instant gratification. This is a way for the library to support and encourage literacy in a new way.”
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2018-08-15

[ US ] Short story vending machine dispenses tales-to-go


Image of [ US ] Short story vending machine dispenses tales-to-goLet there be lit - Initiative brings on-demand short stories to unexpected places

Reading for pleasure is at an all-time low in the U.S. A recent government report revealed Americans read for fun about 17 minutes each day. "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Dana Jacobson reports on a unique program that brings reading to unexpected places.


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2018-08-14

[ US ] Philadelphia airport installs 'short story dispenser' to help travelers pass time


Philadelphia International Airport appears to be on a mission to improve the traveler experience: first they made a quiet room, and now they're offering free reading material for it. [...]“Our goals are to create excitement about reading in unexpected places throughout the city and to increase public awareness of the Free Library’s programs and services,” said Reardon. “Having a kiosk at Philadelphia International Airport in the Library space there continues our outreach to people who may not be Free Library regulars, but who would enjoy a quick, accessible read."
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2018-08-10

[ US ] Short Story Dispenser unveiled at Philadelphia International Airport


Image of [ US ] Short Story Dispenser unveiled at Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphia International Airport
Being stranded at the airport usually means scrolling through social media, or picking up a newspaper or magazine. But those doesn't need to be your only options at Philadelphia International Airport, where a free, no-WiFi-required alternative was unveiled Friday: a Short Story Dispenser, put in place by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The five-foot-tall, screenless kiosk is in the concourse between Terminals D and E. "We have the best — and the first, by the way — relationship between a city airport and a library," said Chellie Cameron, CEO of the airport and Philadelphia's director of aviation.
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2018-07-18

[ US ] Story dispensers on display at Richland library


Image of [ US ] Story dispensers on display at Richland libraryTony Tallent, chief program and innovation officer at Richland Library, with the spoils from a short story dispenser. (Photo/Travis Boland)

Three short story dispensers are now up and running at the Richland Library Main location at 1431 Assembly St.

The dispensers were provided to the library through a grant from the Knight Foundation. In May, Columbia was announced as one of U.S. four cities selected to receive the dispensers. [...]

“The ideal of this is to have these in the community places and events,” Tallent said. “We hope it will elevate a focus on literacy and get people interested in reading in a different way.”


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2018-07-01

[ US ] Live your best life - From awww to awesome


Small Prints
Once upon a time, a kiosk dreamed of delivering something more exciting than tickets. Then, one day her wih came true: she became a Short Story Dispenser, printing free stories and poems...
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2018-06-27

[ Canada ] Short story vending machine lands in Edmonton airport


Image of [ Canada ] Short story vending machine lands in Edmonton airportThe short story dispenser at Edmonton international Airport (EIA)

The Edmonton International Airport recently became home to a strange new machine. "It's like an ATM, but you get literature out of it," says Jason Norman, a writer and publisher from Edmonton. [...]
"[International travellers] describe it as the topping on the dessert that was their trip here in Edmonton. It was like this final souvenir that they can take home."Traci Bednard, vice president of digital strategy for Edmonton International Airport


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2018-05-17

[US] This 'vending machine' dispenses free short stories


Once upon a time there was a start-up with a dream of bringing the pleasures of reading to more people. Happily, this dream came true. At the push of a button the Short Story Dispenser prints out fiction that can be read in one, three or five minutes, for free.


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2018-05-09

[ China ] HKBU Library’s short story dispenser is basically a vending machine for literature that makes reading fun and more convenient


Image of [ China ] HKBU Library’s short story dispenser is basically a vending machine for literature that makes reading fun and more convenient

Every writer dreams of having their work published; now Baptist University (HKBU) has found an innovative way to make it happen. Students there can see their work printed before their eyes – on a long strip of receipt-like paper from a short story dispenser. Think of it as a vending machine for literature...


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2018-04-23

[ US ] Short Edition Story Dispenser


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Ideal for spots where a wait is inevitable, the Short Edition Story Dispenser spits out short stories for free.
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2018-04-16

[ US ] The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories


Stories are shared many ways. They are recounted in books and magazines. They are read aloud around the campfire at night. They are randomly dispensed from stand-alone kiosks, doled out on strips of paper like grocery store receipts.
Wait, what was that last one?
Leave it to the French, with their love of Voltaire and Simone de Beauvoir, to revive literature in the era of hot takes, fast news and smartphone addiction.
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2018-04-09

[ US ] Print isn't Dead: Your Guests will Love this Short Story Machine


Image of [ US ] Print isn't Dead: Your Guests will Love this Short Story Machinephoto Kalman N. Muller

Patrons at the bar of Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco have a diversion to help pass the minutes: They can read a story. It’s not a story on their phone or Kindle, or even an honest-to-goodness book, but a story they have printed out from a dedicated machine that stands in the bar.
Short Edition is a French company which, having had success in its native country across 150 venues, turned its attention to U.S. shores.


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