Kiosks Serving Free Short Stories

With 150 kiosk machines worldwide, including one at Francis Ford Coppola’s Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco, French community publisher Short Edition serves short stories for free. There are about 30 in the US, including some on university campuses and transportation hubs, and each delivers a fiction story, drawn from over 100,000 approved original submissions. Users can select a story for young readers and everybody else and then hit one of three buttons to choose a one-, three- or five-minute long story. After venues purchase the machine, it costs $190 per month for content and software updates. Read more about the program at the New York Times.