In Grenoble, commuters can get their hands on free fiction from one of eight vending machines from publisher Short Édition placed throughout the city, mostly in public buildings such as libraries and city hall. Users can select the length of story they wish to read—one, three, or five minutes—but not the content itself. The machine then churns out the tale printed on receipt-like paper. Stories are sourced from a library of more than 60,000 shorts on the publisher’s community website. With more than 10,000 stories printed in the first two weeks of the initiative, Short Édition hopes to expand the program both locally and abroad.
Reading Railroad [Cassandra]