This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
Eight new vending machines have popped up in the public spaces of Grenoble, France, but the city hasn’t suddenly developed a taste for Lay’s potato chips and Snickers bars—these machines dispense short stories.
The concept is simple: when someone has some time to kill, instead of mindlessly flipping through Instagram or retweeting funny bits on Twitter, they can head to one of these free vending machines, thoughtfully located in popular public areas near the city's town hall, the tourism office, and libraries. Decide how much time you can spend reading (one, three, or five minutes), hit a button, and a receipt-like story prints out at just the right length to help you fill your time with literature instead of Facebook likes. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Facebook likes, of course!)