If you're on Paris Austerlitz Station (and most likely some others) with time before your train, SNCF have installed some diversions. Not only do they have a piano (like this one, in Paris Montparnasse station), they also have a short story dispensing machine.
Its free, and easy to use - all you need to do is decide how long you want to be reading for and press the corresponding button. I decided that as I had 30 minutes a 5 minute story in French would be more than enough, so pressed that button.
Your story comes out printed on what looks like a high quality cash register roll, a metre (3') long. You will need your reading glasses.
The story I received (one of which apparently there are thousands) was this one (or if you want it in english, this one)