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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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04-01-2019

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 and Loic Giraut celebrate the installation with Elizabeth Merrifield and Lisa Nickel of W&M Libraries. (WYDaily/Courtesy W&M Libaries)
On the first night of its debut in Swem Library, the new short story dispenser printed so many short stories – 200 to be exact – that the machine ran out of paper.
“As a library, we want to help students engage in creative activities, pleasure reading and personal enrichment,” said librarian Liz Bellamy. “And the fact that we went through an entire roll of paper the very first day shows that students really want that too,” said Liz Bellamy.
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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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10-31-2018

Short story dispensers now seeking talent from local writers


Image of Short story dispensers now seeking talent from local writersThe short story dispensers located across campus are now seeking content submissions from local writers on top of Penn State students and faculty members.
Penn State launched the short story dispensers on campus and in Schlow Library earlier this year to become the first institution to collaborate with Short Edition of Grenoble, France.
The dispensers allow you to choose a short story that takes anywhere between one and five minutes to read. Two of the four dispensers on campus are located at the entrances of the Pattee and Paterno Libraries.
“Since Schlow has a Short Edition dispenser from the start, it made sense to explore the possibility of adding community stories to our community content,” said Hailley Fargo, student engagement librarian for Penn State University Libraries.
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07-01-2018

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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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06-27-2018

[ 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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05-17-2018

[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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04-23-2018

[ 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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04-16-2018

[ 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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Image of [ US ] Akron-Summit County Public Library selected to offer short story kiosks through Public Library Association project

04-06-2018

[ US ] Akron-Summit County Public Library selected to offer short story kiosks through Public Library Association project


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.


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Image of [ US ] A Vending Machine Now Distributes Free Short Stories at Francis Ford Coppola’s Café Zoetrope

04-06-2018

[ US ] A Vending Machine Now Distributes Free Short Stories at Francis Ford Coppola’s Café Zoetrope


Image of [ US ] A Vending Machine Now Distributes Free Short Stories at Francis Ford Coppola’s Café Zoetrope

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.


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Image of [ US ] The latest US import from France: Short Story Vending Machine

04-03-2018

[ US ] The latest US import from France: Short Story Vending Machine


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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