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Forget in-room cable TV — the newest hotel amenity is use of an Amazon Kindle. I caught word of this in my local newspaper over the weekend, and although it’s only in limited locations, I could easily see other hotels pick up on this. The EPIC […]

KindleForget in-room cable TV — the newest hotel amenity is use of an Amazon Kindle. I caught word of this in my local newspaper over the weekend, and although it’s only in limited locations, I could easily see other hotels pick up on this. The EPIC in Miami as well as the Algonquin Hotel and Hotel Gansevoort in New York City are reportedly making Kindles available during a stay. I can’t find any details on whether there’s a nominal charge, nor do I know how you get content on the device, but it’s a smart concept.

Not only does this offer give folks a chance to read while on vacation, especially if they don’t want to lug books, but it opens Amazon up to new, potential customers. It also gives some hotels a competitive advantage in a time when the travel business isn’t all that strong. I can’t say that I’d stay at a hotel solely because they offered me a Kindle to use, but all things being equal, I’d go with a comparable place that did offer it. Would you?

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  1. Gagan Saxena Monday, July 27, 2009

    Not sure how much of a good book can be read before checkout for this to be a real value. On the other hand this could hook new people to Kindle

  2. ubikuberalles Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    Will each Kindle have a copy of Gideon’s Bible in it?

  3. Venice Beach House Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    it’s a great amenity that would for sure persuade some people to stay in that hotel over a comparably priced one. and yes, the real seller would be for it to be loaded with material and available for free or a very nominal charge.

  4. What a great idea. I am still surprised at how quickly free WIFI and internet access in hotels took off so who knows, maybe this is the next trend. Certainly a good idea (never hurts for people to read more). An idea that we’ll look into for our motel in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island!

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