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Latest news 05-12-2021

[US] Dispensers Print Free Short Stories

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California’s rail stations now have dispensers that print short stories for free.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has teamed up with a French publisher to boost literacy and encourage reading.

Short Story Dispenser   Transport  

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.

Short Story Dispenser   Transport  

02-03-2021

[US] Discover Seattle’s short-story dispenser at a Beacon Hill coffee shop

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The Station coffee shop on Beacon Hill has the city’s first short-story dispenser, installed by Seattle Public Library. It... (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

These days, with modern technology providing such easy access to all kinds of digital content, it’s tempting to think that reading something on paper is a thing of the past.

Short Story Dispenser   Coffee/Hotel/Restaurant  

10-12-2020

[AUS] Perth first – print your own story in Raine Square…

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Perth is set to become the first Australian city to permanently hero the international literary trend: the very, very short story. The short story dispensing machines that distribute a variety of one, three or five-minute stories are the brainchild Short Edition, a French community publisher of short-form literature and will find its home at Raine Square from Friday 16 October.

Short Story Dispenser  

04-06-2019

[UK] Free short story vending machines delight commuters

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The Death of Mr Robinson, a one-minute read printed by a free short story vending machine in Canary Wharf station. The story was commissioned for the project from novelist Anthony Horowitz. Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian

‘Short story stations’ in Canary Wharf print one- three- and five-minute reads on demand “Every single day,” says Paresh Raichura, “I’m on the lookout for something new to read.” On his hour-long commute to Canary Wharf, where he works for the Financial Ombudsman, he picks up Time Out or a local paper or the freesheet Metro, but says: “I’ve stopped reading all the long novels I used to read.”

Short Story Dispenser   Best Of   Shopping Centers  

04-02-2019

[UK] Short story vending machines to transport London commuters

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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.

Short Story Dispenser   Shopping Centers  

08-15-2018

[US] Machine dispenses short stories with the press of a button

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Reading for pleasure is at an all-time low in the United States. A recent government report revealed Americans read for fun about 17 minutes each day. And the percentage of Americans indulging in leisure reading on any given day dropped by nearly 30 percent between 2003 and 2017. One solution to our short attention spans and even shorter spurts of free time are short stories. They are low commitment and high gratitude, and can transport readers to far-flung places.

Short Story Dispenser   Universities/Education   TV  

08-10-2018

[US] Short Story Dispenser unveiled at Philadelphia International Airport

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Siobhan Reardon and Chellie Cameron give the dispenser a spinPhiladelphia International Airport

Being stranded at the airport usually means scrolling through social media, or picking up a newspaper or magazine. But those doesn't need to be your only options at Philadelphia International Airport, where a free, no-WiFi-required alternative was unveiled Friday: a Short Story Dispenser, put in place by the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Short Story Dispenser   Print Media   Transport  

07-11-2018

[US] From awww to awesome

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Once upon a time, a kiosk dreamed of delivering something more exciting than tickets.

Short Story Dispenser   Best Of  

12-27-2017

[ US ] Columbus - Short Story kiosk

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Short Story kiosk unveiled - Columbus has now a lovely way to get short stories into the hands of kids. Columbus City School says the Short Story Kiosks are the first in the midwest...

Short Story Dispenser   Universities/Education   TV   Other countries  

09-09-2017

The Short Story Dispenser. — Heather Molina

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Need something to read?

My morning or afternoon walk will usually take me over to the Copley/Prudential malls, which are only 10 minutes away from me. And every time I head into the Prudential side of the mall, I stop off at this thing that I discovered a few months ago...

Short Story Dispenser   Shopping Centers   Blog or Website  

07-10-2016

[ US ] Dispensing with words

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Don't have time to read any more? Residents in a town in southern France don't have that problem. Thanks to the startup website short-editions-dot-com 10,000 short story authors have been matched with a community of 150,000 regular readers with time to kill while waiting on line. David Turecamo explains an innovative technology.

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