A recent article posted in The Guardian describes new vending machines that have popped up in France—and rather than dispensing snacks, they’re dispensing words. French publishers Short Édition has introduced short story vending machines around the city of Grenoble. The stories are free and readers can select the length of the piece they want in one minute, three minute, or five minute increments. They have no control over the genre though, so it’s always a surprise.
While only eight vending machines have currently been installed around Grenoble, the publisher says the project has been incredibly popular thus far. They foresee a worldwide expansion of these short story vending machines. In an age when our society is increasingly on the go, these dispensers are giving people a new way to fit reading into their busy schedules. Keep your eyes peeled in the future—you may spot a short story vending machine near you sooner than you think!
Check out the article here!