Recently, inventive vending machines have been popping up around France. Instead of dispensing sweet treats or sugary drinks, however, these kiosks distribute short stories. Created by literature-loving company Short Édition, these savvy stalls promise to help pass the time, whether you're waiting at the airport, stuck at the train station, or even accompanying your significant other on a particularly trying trip to the mall.
Sleek in design and minimal in effort, each vending machine offers an appealing way for commuters and customers to kill time. To use the innovative inventions, simply choose your desired reading time: 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes. Then, the machine will surprise you with a randomly-selected short story to occupy your time and make waiting around a bit more bearable—if at least for a couple of minutes!
The “Short Story Dispenser” first debuted at Paris' bustling Charles de Gaulle Airport last year. Since then, the popular machines have been installed in various public places across the country. If you'd like to learn more about the locations of these lovely literary oases, check out the Short Édition website.
Short Édition, an innovative library of short literature, has installed unique vending machines that print out short stories.
Using each “Short Story Dispenser” is simple. All you have to do is choose the duration of time you'd like to spend reading.
And voila! Out pops a little piece of literature.
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