Shortédition [Detail]

If you missed it on Twitter, Shortédition is a vending machine that dispenses short stories to entertain you while you wait for your train.

It’s a lovely idea that, like all innovations, is made of other ideas. Passengers choose a one, three or five minute story and a little printer, reminiscent of BERG’s Little Printer, conjures up a story for you. All for free. As Metro put it:

The stories are printed on paper, and topics range from children’s stories to lyrical poetry. The authors of the stories are all anonymous, and over 5,000 have submitted stories.

It’s a lovely example of the potential for rethinking how content is distributed (and is something I’ve been exploring in my recent ‘Micro-Publications’ masterclasses).

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