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12-03-2019

[UK] Book to the future: how the way we read has changed


Bringing a new meaning to the term “snackable content”, in September, the University of Lincoln installed free vending machines dispensing passages from classic novels or poems instead of packets of crisps.
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11-19-2019

[US] Short story dispenser in Swem Library incorporates literature into daily life


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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10-21-2019

[UK] University of Lincoln installs literary vending machines


Image of [UK] University of Lincoln installs literary vending machinesThe machines print a few lines taken randomly from a database of 100,000 titles
Free vending machines that dispense words instead of chocolate have been installed at the University of Lincoln. The two machines print a few paragraphs from a classic novel or a poem taken randomly from a database of 100,000 titles.
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10-10-2019

[UK] UK University Installs Free ‘Vending Machines’ to Dispense Tiny Short Stories Printed on Eco-Friendly Paper


Image of [UK] UK University Installs Free ‘Vending Machines’ to Dispense Tiny Short Stories Printed on Eco-Friendly PaperShort 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


Image of [UK] Introducing Lincoln’s first poetry vending machineProfessor 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


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

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


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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06-24-2019

[CA] Short Story Dispenser At Capilano University.


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It's a short story dispenser and it's creating a lot of buzz at Capilano University! Isabelle Raghem is speaking with excited students.
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06-24-2019

[US] Lit! Squire Foundation and SB Public Market Offer Proust-While-You-Wait


Image of [US] Lit! Squire Foundation and SB Public Market Offer Proust-While-You-WaitThis freaky french vending machine at the SB public market wants you to push its buttons. You've nothing to fear but literature!
Francis Ford Coppola—writer, director, producer, Brando-wrangler—is a raving fan of the short story. In 1997 (for instance) he launched the much-garlanded literary and art vehicle Zoetrope: All-Story. So it was that when Coppola learned of a nutty Roald-Dahl-like gizmo whose minimalist three buttons promised a new approach to literature, his famous auteur beard broke into a grin and he dove in with brio. “He’d found us through his daughter in Paris and was our first client in the US,” says Kristan Leroy, export director for French publisher Short Édition. “The first installation in the U.S. was at his café Zoetrope in San Francisco.”
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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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05-06-2019

Short Story Dispensers Installed at Carolina!


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Eight short story dispensers will make their way to Chapel Hill this week as part of a collaborative partnership with UNC Press, the Department of English & Comparative Literature, UNC’s Creative Writing Program, and Arts Everywhere.
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