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This Is a Short Story Vending Machine at an Airport

In the photo above, Twitter user Mike Glenn holds a 5-minute short story issued to him by the Free Library of Philadelphia's kiosk at the Philadelphia International Airport. That's how long a 5-minute story looks. There are options for other lengths of time, so you can customize your reading to your individual time-killing needs.

You can find this unique vending machine in the quiet room at the airport. The Philly Voice reported on its installation last year:

The dispensers are the creation of Short Édition, a French community publisher that accepts user-generated stories and places them in reading length categories of one, three and five minutes. A five-foot tall, screenless kiosk invites travelers to select a reading length and then prints out the story on eco-friendly paper.

Siobhan Reardon, the director of the Free Library of Philadelphia (a public library system), described the impact she hoped this outreach program will have:

“Our goals are to create excitement about reading in unexpected places throughout the city and to increase public awareness of the Free Library’s programs and services,” said Reardon. “Having a kiosk at Philadelphia International Airport in the Library space there continues our outreach to people who may not be Free Library regulars, but who would enjoy a quick, accessible read."

-via Kurt Schlichter


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