A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
I hope that one of the messages of our latest Vulpes Libris Short Story Week is that short stories are alive and well and gaining new readers all the time. E-readers and online marketing has freed them from the perfectly crafted collection or anthology, or the magazine that doesn’t really interest you (apart from being Famed for its Fiction). There are so many more ways to publish a short story, and so many more ways to read one. A single story can plug just the right sort of reading gap. The exquisite art and craft of the short story is being rediscovered, we are delighted to say.
So, right on cue, this week has brought us the news of an even more fresh and exciting venture: the Short Story ATM. It is being trialled in Grenoble, and the short stories it dispenses are currently free of charge. I love the idea of getting on a bus or a tube train and seeing passengers absorbed in reading what looks like a very long till-slip. I love the idea of reading what looks like a very long till-slip myself.
Let’s hope that this brilliant idea grows and spreads! I can’t wait to see these machines appear everywhere.