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[ US ] The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories

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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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04-16-2018

[ US ] The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories

Image of [ 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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04-06-2018

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

Image of [ 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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04-06-2018

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

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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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04-03-2018

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

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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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04-02-2018

[ US ] France's beloved Short Story Dispensers are coming to America

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In Francis Ford Coppola’s Café Zoetrope in San Francisco, an odd machine stands in the middle of one of the dining rooms. It’s a tall, black-and-orange cone with a lighted monolith sticking out of its top. The kiosk, built by the French publishing company Short Edition, is called a Short Story Dispenser. It’s the first of its kind in the United States.

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04-02-2018

[ US ] The coolest thing about Francis Ford Coppola's Italian restaurant may surprise you

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The coolest thing about Francis Ford Coppola's Italian restaurant may surprise you!
[...] It’s the slender contraption, a kind of vending machine, that stands in the middle of the front room: a Short Story Dispenser.

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03-22-2018

[ US ] Free Library Debuts Short Story Dispenser

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Technology meets with tradition in the form of a machine being used by the Free Library of Philadelphia, which is aimed at getting more people to read.
Think of this machine as an ATM for free stories.
“It has one, three, and five-minute stories. You press the button, prints out a short story on essentially receipt paper, and it’s yours to walk away with for free and read, and enjoy,” said Andrew Nurkin with the Free Library.

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03-22-2018

[ US ] Short Story Dispenser to spit out free stories at three locations around Philadelphia

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Like picking up a pack of Oreos from the cafeteria vending machine, a new kiosk concept in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia will allow visitors to obtain short stories at the touch of a button. Announced Thursday as part of the Public Library Association’s 2018 conference, Philadelphia was selected as one of four cities to receive a grant for Short Story Dispensers.

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02-18-2018

[ US ] CES2018 - The Short Story Dispenser Is Staying Physical In A Virtual Book Industry

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Image of [ US ] CES2018 - The Short Story Dispenser Is Staying Physical In A Virtual Book Industry

...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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01-08-2018

French Vending Machines Dispense Short Stories Instead Of Snacks

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While many have lamented the lost art of reading in our social media-driven world, few have actually tried to do anything about it. Short Édition is the exception. In 2011, the Grenoble, France-based startup began installing short story-dispensing vending machines in some of the country's most popular public spaces, beginning with Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport. And now they've made their way to America.

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12-06-2017

[ Canada ] Airport rolls out short story dispenser for travellers waiting for flights

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The Edmonton International Airport is featuring works by local authors from a short story dispenser for travellers waiting for their flights. The dispenser, from a France-based company Short Edition, is a thin tower with three buttons, indicating a one minute, three minute and five minute story – when one of the buttons is pushed, a short story is printed on receipt paper. EIA is the first Canadian airport location to use the machine, and the second in the world (after Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport, in France).

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