In the French city of Grenoble, there are vending machines, but these don’t dispense drinks or snacks — they print out short stories that look like paper receipts.
These machines were built by a publishing company which placed eight of them in public locations (such as the city hall and libraries) as part of a pilot project. Each dispenser has 1-minute, 3-minute and 5-minute buttons, so readers can choose how long their stories are.
The idea grew from wondering how to occupy oneself during one of those “unproductive” moments we all have when standing in front of a vending machine waiting for our drink or snack.
Best thing about these story dispensers is that they’re free, and a wonderful alternative to being glued to our smart phones.