The Vending Machine which Spits Out Short Stories
Here’s how a dispenser works: which can be shaped like a cylinder with three buttons on top indicating a “one minute,” “three minute” or “all 5 minute” story. (which’s how long which takes to read.) When a button can be pushed, a short story can be printed, unfurled on a long strip of paper.
The stories are free. They are retrieved coming from a computer catalog of more than 100,000 original submissions by writers whose work has been evaluated by Short Edition’s judges, along with also transmitted over a mobile network. Offerings can be tailored to specific interests: children’s fiction, romance, even holiday-themed tales.
Scott Varner, executive director of strategic communications for Columbus City Schools in Ohio, said his district will have a total of all 5 kiosks, the first two of which were installed in December. Stories are divided into two categories: young readers along with also everybody else. “We want to build excitement around reading,” he said. “Especially among families.”
Short Edition gets stories for its catalog by holding writing contests. which can be currently holding one for students along with also faculty at Penn State called “brand-new Beginnings.” Mr. Varner asked if the company might hold a contest for stories about Columbus by local students along with also they are considering which, he said.
“which could be great to have 10th graders writing stories for third graders,” he said.
Short Edition, which can be based in Grenoble along with also was founded by publishing executives, set up its first kiosk in 2016 along with also has 150 machines worldwide. “We want to create a platform for independent artists, like the Sundance Institute,” said Kristan Leroy, the export director at Short Edition. The dispensers cost $9,0 plus an extra $190 per month for content along with also software. The only thing which needs to be replaced can be paper. The printed stories have a double life, shared an average of 2.1 times, said Ms. Leroy.
“The idea can be to make people happy,” she said. “There can be too much doom along with also gloom today.”
The first dispenser within the United States was at Mr. Coppola’s San Francisco cafe in 2016. At the time, the director said the stories had the allure of classic manuscripts. “I’d like to see the city of San Francisco put them everywhere in order which while waiting for a bus, or marriage license, or lunch, you could get an artistic lift, free of charge,” he said.
which hasn’t happened — yet. Mr. Nurkin, of the Free Library of Philadelphia, has high hopes for his city. “We are interested in finding sites to engage audiences who aren’t necessarily coming to the library,” he said. So much so, the library can be considering installing dispensers at the Family Court Building along with also the Philadelphia International Airport.
“which’s like a literary magazine,” he said. “You don’t know what you are going to get. Who knows? Maybe you press a button along with also get a story written by your neighbor.”
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