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[UK] Free short story vending machines delight commuters

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The Death of Mr Robinson, a one-minute read printed by a free short story vending machine in Canary Wharf station. The story was commissioned for the project from novelist Anthony Horowitz. Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian

‘Short story stations’ in Canary Wharf print one- three- and five-minute reads on demand “Every single day,” says Paresh Raichura, “I’m on the lookout for something new to read.” On his hour-long commute to Canary Wharf, where he works for the Financial Ombudsman, he picks up Time Out or a local paper or the freesheet Metro, but says: “I’ve stopped reading all the long novels I used to read.”

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07-11-2018

[US] From awww to awesome

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Once upon a time, a kiosk dreamed of delivering something more exciting than tickets.

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04-16-2018

[US] The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories

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A customer at Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco reading one of the short stories doled out by Short Edition’s story dispenser.Credit...Olivier Alexandre/Short Edition

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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02-18-2018

[US] The Short Story Dispenser Is Staying Physical In A Virtual Book Industry

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A Short Story Dispenser at work.

The future of the publishing industry is, increasingly, virtual. This week, news broke that one of the final bastions of print publishers — Fortune 500 company Barnes and Noble, Inc. — has abruptly laid off 1,800 full-time employees. Amazon's dominance over the book world seems uncrackable, and everyone's e-readers can fit more books on them anyway. But one innovation has broken new ground for voracious readers who prefer their next story stay in the physical realm. The Short Story Dispenser, which made a splash last month at CES 2018

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12-28-2017

[US] First District school of the world to launch a kiosk that will dispend free stories

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10-04-2016

[ UK ] Vending machines dispense short stories to bored French commuters

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A short story vending machine in Grenoble


In a time where progression in every field of human endeavour involves ever smarter phones, virtual reality or colonising Mars, it is of some comfort to hear that a new innovation exciting people across the Channel involves none of the above.

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07-10-2016

[ US ] Dispensing with words

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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.

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01-26-2016

[ UK ] Forget Proust: what readers want is a short story machine

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The Alpine city of Grenoble has scored a surprising hit with automatic dispensers that offer free printed short stories

A flight of the imagination is transforming one of the banes of French life — waiting for service in state offices — into an opportunity to immerse oneself in the written word. The Alpine city of Grenoble has scored a surprising hit with automatic dispensers that offer free printed short stories to citizens waiting for their bout with bureaucracy.

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01-22-2016

[ US ] How a City in France Got the World’s First Short-Story Vending Machines

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The city of Grenoble, France, is testing the first models of a local startup’s short-story vending machine.Photograph by Pauline Bock

When Jess Mateychuk entered the tourism office in Grenoble, France, he wasn’t looking for information about the city. “I finally found them!” the twenty-one-year-old exchange student from Winnipeg, Canada, said with excitement. He was referring to the city’s recent cultural innovation turned Internet hit: a black and orange, rocket-looking cylinder that spits out short stories, free of charge.

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11-13-2015

[ UK ] Short story vending machines press French commuters' buttons

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Journey’s the end ... a short story vending machine in Grenoble. Photograph: AFP JP Clatot


A publisher is doing brisk business dispensing free fiction from machines in Grenoble, to help readers make the most of ‘dead time’ on their journeys.
Readers in Grenoble can now nibble fiction instead of vending machine snacks, after publisher Short Édition introduced eight short-story dispensers around the French city.

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