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[US] BART Unveils Free Short Story Dispensers At Select Stations

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/BCN) — Looking for something to read on BART? The transit agency has installed dispensers at the Richmond, Fruitvale and Pleasant Hill stations that spit out short stories for free.

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03-30-2021

[US] A Short Story to Read on BART? These Machines Will Print You One for Free

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The Pleasant Hill BART station is one of three stations with a new short-story dispenser offering free printed reading material to passengers. (Dan Brekke/KQED)

These days, most BART riders spend their travel time staring at their phones—and understandably so. In an increasingly digitized world accelerated by the isolation of the pandemic, our lives have migrated almost entirely online. But now, BART riders are able to use touchless Short Story Dispensers to receive free one-, three- and five-minute reads at Richmond, Fruitvale, and Pleasant Hill Stations, with another one coming soon to Montgomery Street Station. Local writers will have the chance to have their work published and distributed as part of the project after the one-year pilot, sponsored by the BART Communications Department and Art Program, is up and running.

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03-29-2021

[US] Kiosks on San Francisco transit stations to dispense free stories

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Riders using the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco will be able to read stories freely dispensed by kiosks under a partnership between the agency and Short Edition, according to a CBS SF report.

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12-23-2020

[US] The Station Cafe Hosts Washington’s First ‘Short Story Dispenser’ — and It’s Free

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The Short Story Dispenser’s touchless interface. (Photo: Jessie McKenna)

Beacon Hill’s The Station coffee shop has long been a hub of community activity and advocacy, hosting everything from meetings to artwork to a free pantry. Now it’s home to Washington State’s first Short Story Dispenser, courtesy of the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and French publisher Short Édition.

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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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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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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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09-18-2019

[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.

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08-23-2019

[US] ‘Short Edition’ dispenses words of wisdom at Carnegie Mellon University

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This vending machine dispenses food for thought. It prints quickly. The paper is biodegradable. It’s available 24 hours a day. There is no charge.

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06-24-2019

[IT] Short Story Dispenser: libri da leggere al volo

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Se per caso quest’estate vi trovaste nella metropolitana di Londra, all’aeroporto internazionale Charles De Gaulle di Parigi, oppure in vacanza a Singapore, in Australia o addirittura negli Stati Uniti, potreste imbattervi negli Short Story Dispenser, i distributori automatici di racconti.

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06-24-2019

[US] Wichita Public Library works to bring in a new generation of readers with short story machines

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In this age of fast-paced information and media consumption, almost everything is at your fingertips. With this program, short stories from up-and-coming authors are just one click away, but not in the way you think. It’s not an app on your phone or a website—it’s a machine.

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