Designed and launched by Short Edition, a French start-up company, the short story vending machines first debuted in the fall of 2015 in the French Alps, and quickly gained popularity. The innovative machines combine the immediacy of on-demand technology with the timeless charm of storytelling. The machine is very straightforward and user-friendly. At the push of a button–numbered one, three, or five, corresponding to the number of minutes required to read–a user is able to print a story to read and keep. Sure to be a global sensation, the machine located in Cafe Zoetrope is the first of its kind in the United States.