This short story dispenser helps you pass the time with literature

Imagine being at the DMV, but instead of waiting in line with other grumpy people while idly scrolling through your phone, you can read a short story — a nice poem, perhaps. French publisher Short Edition created the Short Story Dispenser as a way for customers waiting in lines at places like airports and train stations to fill their time with something a little more meaningful. All users have to do is push a button labeled 1, 3, or 5 (corresponding to the number of minutes of reading) to get a short story printed for free. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

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A 5-minute read and 3-minute read.

The machine dispenses readings from Short Edition’s website, which offers more than 13 million…

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