No journey is complete without a good read. But not always we do get to carry books or even our e-book readers for that matter. Does that mean we don’t have the desire to read something while waiting at stations? Not really! Well, to satisfy such desires, stations and offices in France have come up with a brilliant solution — a vending machine that supplies short stories or poems on demand. Yes, isn’t it absolutely awesome?
Keeping in mind that everyone’s travel time will be different, readers get to choose the time they want to invest too. The poems or stories some in three timed-versions, 1-minute read, 3-minute read and 5-minute read.
French publisher the Short Edition introduced this unique treat with eight short-story dispensers around the French city of Grenoble. Free tales and verses are available at the one touch of a button and they are printed out on rolls of paper like any receipt from an ATM machine.
“The Short Stories dispenser is connected to the community platform Short Edition which brings together more than 167 000 subscribers and readers almost 10,000 authors,” says the company website. The company says over 30 such dispensers have been installed in many cities of France from local offices, malls and train stations. One such dispenser has also been installed in faraway the USA. Owing to its great popularity, a vending machine was installed at a restaurant in San Francisco’s Café Zoetrope – Francis Ford Coppola.
According to a report by the Guardian, Short Edition’s co-founder Quentin Pleplé said they have received requests from across the world to instal these dispensers. “In the bus, the tram or the metro, everyone can make the most of these moments to read short stories, poems or short comics,” the report quoted Pleplé.
We are jealous, when is it coming to India?