Have you ever heard of a machine that dispenses short stories?
The Short Story Dispenser at Capilano University
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Akron-Summit County Public Library is one of four public libraries nationwide to offer Short Story Dispensers, or kiosks that dispense written works at the touch of a button.
The Public Library Association, community publisher Short Edition and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation partnered to offer this program to four select libraries in the United States.
I loved the idea of a vending machine, a dispensing machine that doesn’t dispense potato chips or beer or coffee for money but gives you art. I especially liked the fact that you didn’t put money in. - Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola
Thusly did filmmaker Coppola arrange for a free Short Edition story vending machine to be installed in Café Zoetrope, his San Francisco restaurant.
The French-built machine is the perfect companion for solitary diners, freely dispensing tales on skinny, eco-friendly paper with the push of a button.
A new French cultural phenomenon is spreading to the US. It’s not creamy cheese or baby-feeding crazes, but very short short stories, printed out on scrolls of paper and dispensed for free from vending machines.
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[...] It’s the slender contraption, a kind of vending machine, that stands in the middle of the front room: a Short Story Dispenser.