LONDON — Few of us have the time to curl up with a good book. To help bookworms get in some much-needed reading time, London has unveiled vending machines that spit out free fiction for commuters.
Available in the neighbourhood of Canary Wharf, these Short Story Stations by tech company Short Edition came about after research from the Canary Wharf Group, which found that over a third of all Brits have failed to finish a book in the last year due to lack of time, reports the Telegraph.
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But the research also showed that 70% of Brits would rather pick up a book than scroll on social media – there’s hope for humankind yet!
The machines include thousands of titles ranging from modern crime and romance to condensed versions of classics, and take anywhere from one to five minutes to read. Stories are printed on eco-friendly papyrus paper, which makes reading them a guilt-free pleasure!
If the idea sounds familiar, it’s because the dispensers have already made their way to the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport in France, as well as Canada’s own Edmonton International Airport, where it launched in January 2018.
Here’s hoping they become a worldwide phenomenon!