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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


Image of From Dickens To Woolf, These Short Story Vending Machines In The UK Are Giving People Free LiteratureFree Short Stories At The Touch Of A Button
[...] 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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04-09-2019

Find your next good read with these short story dispensers debuting on Friday


Image of Find your next good read with these short story dispensers debuting on FridaySeniors Ellie Rodriguez and Hampton Smith use the new Short Story Dispenser coming to UNC's campus this week.
Short Story Dispensers, delivering free fiction and poetry at the push of a button, will launch this Friday on the third-annual Arts Everywhere Day in an effort to bring more visibility to the literary talent at UNC.
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04-03-2019

Commuters will be able to collect short stories from vending machines


Image of Commuters will be able to collect short stories from vending machinesThe stories will be completely free for commuters to get ( CanaryWharfGroup )
London commuters are going to be able to collect short stories to read from vending machines in a UK first. Short stories, ranging from three to five-minutes long, will now be able from Canary Wharf at the touch of a button.
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04-03-2019

[UK] The Guardian view on fiction vending machines: attention seekers


Image of [UK] The Guardian view on fiction vending machines: attention seekersThe novelty lies in the dispenser, but also the brevity and portability of the reads on offer, which range from one minute to half an hour.’
Can fiction miniatures dispensed through slots lure commuters away from their smartphone apps and social media feeds into the imaginary worlds created by authors including Virginia Woolf and Anthony Horowitz? We are about to find out.
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04-02-2019

Short story vending machines to transport London commuters


Image of Short story vending machines to transport London commutersShort Édition story machines will soon appear at Canary Wharf.
The machines, made by French company Short Édition, will dispense free one, three and five-minute stories … with the first penned by Anthony Horowitz
Weary city workers will have a new way of passing the time on their commute once the UK’s first short-story vending machines are installed at Canary Wharf this week.
Dispensing one, three and five-minute stories free to passersby at the touch of a button, the vending machines are made by French company Short Édition. They already feature in locations across France, in Hong Kong and the US, where Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola was such a fan he invested in the company and had a dispenser installed at his San Francisco restaurant, Cafe Zoetrope.
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04-02-2019

Editorial - The Guardian view on fiction vending machines: attention seekers


Image of Editorial - The Guardian view on fiction vending machines: attention seekers‘The novelty lies in the dispenser, but also the brevity and portability of the reads on offer, which range from one minute to half an hour.’ Photograph: PR
If they succeed in distracting commuters from their smartphones, short story dispensers will be a welcome addition to the landscape
Can fiction miniatures dispensed through slots lure commuters away from their smartphone apps and social media feeds into the imaginary worlds created by authors including Virginia Woolf and Anthony Horowitz? We are about to find out. The French company Short Édition, which already has short-story vending machines in France, Hong Kong and the US, arrives in the UK this week, unveiling its first three terminals in London. Henceforth, travellers through Canary Wharf will have the option of forsaking news, email, Football Manager 2019 and every other temptation their handheld device can offer in favour of a story on a scroll of paper, printed on demand for free.
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03-26-2019

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


Image of Swem Library debuts short story dispenser, first of its kind in VirginiaShort Edition Business Development Manager Christophe Sibieude (far left) and CEO Loic Giraut (far right) celebrate the installation with Elizabeth Merrifield and Lisa Nickel of W&M Libraries. W&M Libraries photo
On March 1, William & Mary Libraries unveiled its newest addition to Swem Library: a short story dispenser that prints out pieces of flash fiction on demand. The dispenser, produced by French company Short Edition, is the first and currently only of its kind in Virginia.
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03-01-2019

Bud Werner Memorial Library's Short Story Dispenser to share


The Short Story Dispenser will be sharing tales from female authors from Friday, March 1, to Friday, March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day.
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02-07-2019

Short Story Dispenser makes its debut in Steamboat, the first in Colorado


Image of Short Story Dispenser makes its debut in Steamboat, the first in ColoradoBud Werner Memorial Library is the first location in Colorado to offer the Short Story Dispenser, a new permanent acquisition. (Courtesy photo by Jennie Lay)
In today's all-too familiar pandemonium of everyday life, free time is often a distant daydream. Reading? For many, that too seems far fetched. The French publishing company, Short Édition, has a solution — one that offers intellectual breaks of spontaneous prose combined with passion. It's known internationally as "The Short Story Dispenser," and it's inspiring a community of readers with more than 100,000 short stories by 9,000 authors from classic literary short works, such as Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf. "Stories elevate our lives," said Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
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11-08-2018

Power of stories meets power of healing


Last week, there was a new first – Doylestown Health was the first healthcare system in the United States to offer Short Story Dispensers. Two Short Story Dispensers were installed, one at Doylestown Hospital and the second at Pine Run Retirement Community. Each gives a patient, visitor or Villager choices to print and read short stories varying in length from one, three or five minutes.
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08-14-2018

[ 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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