July 28, 2016

First K-cups, Now We Have A Short Story Dispenser

By Doyne Phillips, Managing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine    

When I first saw the story of the Short Story Dispenser on CBS Sunday Morning Show, Dispensing With Words, I immediately thought of my new coffee dispenser.  I must admit as hard as I struggled against the K cup way of making coffee, I am now a proud owner of a Keurig 2.0 coffee maker. Oh I have yet to give up my beautiful Kitchen Aid coffee bean grinder, my delicious coffee making Cuisinart Extreme Brew 10 Cup Thermal Programmable Coffeemaker or my collection of coffee beans I have favored over the years. In the back of my mind I tend to think this new way of making coffee will not last and I can easily return to my old standbys. But truth is I really like my Keurig 2.0 and the variety of coffees especially The Donut Shop flavor. This new way may actually stick.

The same could be said for the innovative strides of the French in Grenobel. There has been placed in public places vending machines that dispense short stories. The choices are 1 minute, 3 minute and 5 minute stories. The Short Edition machine dispenses these to the reader at no cost. These eight original machines set off a world of interest literally. Orders are coming in from around the world.

Now what does that mean for writers? It means another opportunity to get your story out there. The company put the call out for stories and it took a while but the stories started coming in. They questioned how a publisher would do it today and began with the 8 machines and no short stories. The Publishing House of Short Edition came up with a vending machine for literature and flung the door open wide. Five years ago the website went up and within a week they had their first story. Some five years later there are over 10,000 authors and a community of some 150,000 regular readers that share these stories and their comments.

The best of the stories are collected and printed in book form. The feedback given from the readers determine the most read and enjoyed. What a great way to do it! If your readers like you then you are published!

You may be interested in this. After all it would be great to see people standing around looking at your short story instead of staring at a phone with who knows what on it. If your story is well liked it could be published in book form. What a great thing to have happen.

So, grab yourself a cup of that great K cup coffee and sit down   check out the website and send in one of your short stories. Once you are published share with us, let us know how this works out for you. We would love to see you make it on Short Editions


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