French City Introduces ‘Short Story Dispensers’ In Public Areas

See you later, smartphones; welcome back, good old-fashioned reading. Grenoble, the charming capital of the French Alps, is often in the French media’s spotlight for its crime rates. Today, culture is back on the main stage.

The idea is to help passerby kill time with… short story dispensers. While it’s customary these days to zone out with our smartphones while we wait around, Grenoble wants its inhabitants to take advantage of these moments and to bring back a bit of the culture we’ve lost in the technological revolution.

Christophe Sibieude, co-founder and head of local publishing start-up Short Edition told Agence-France Presse:

“The idea came to us in front of a vending machine containing chocolate bars and drinks. 

We said to ourselves that we could do the same thing with good quality popular literature to occupy these little unproductive moments.”

And it’s free!...more