This idea for a short story vending machine challenges the notion of literature by positioning great reads as tasty snacks. Designed and conceived by Philadelphia publishing firm The Head and the Hand Press in partnership with vending machine company NaVar, the Chapbook Vending Machine allows consumers to purchase short stories for $2 USD. The literary picks were from The Head and the Hand Press's 'Bigger than a Breadbox Short Story Contest.'
According to the machine's co-founder Nic Esposito, these two industries have found an interesting way to work together by providing easy access to books while also offering vending machines content that buyers won't feel guilty indulging in. The short story vending machine will be unveiled at Elixr Coffee in Philadelphia on December 5th.