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Old 12-06-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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Algonquin Hotel provides Kindle loans

If you happen to be staying at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, you can borrow a Kindle for your reading fix. The Hotel amenities web page says "Kindle available, loaded with your favorite audio book, in keeping with our literary tradition. However, it might still be a while until you see Kindles at your local Best Western.

According to HotelChatter, "The Algonquin has launched an 'eBooks on Demand' program which offers Kindles pre-loaded with 'a variety of best-sellers, modern classics' and even a few books written by the members of the hotels legendary Round Table (Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber, Love Conquers All by Robert Benchley). And if you request a book that isn't loaded on there, the hotel can add it for you.The devices are loaned on a first come, first serve basis at no charge, and can be used in the lobby or in your guestroom."

Via The Kindle Chronicles.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:56 PM   #3
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Odd that the Hotel website would describe the Kindle as "loaded with your favorite audio book". Just adds more confusion to the actual use of the Kindle. And yes I know that you can listen to audio books with the Kindle as well, but that is certainly not the best description of the device.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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Odd that the Hotel website would describe the Kindle as "loaded with your favorite audio book". Just adds more confusion to the actual use of the Kindle. And yes I know that you can listen to audio books with the Kindle as well, but that is certainly not the best description of the device.
actually i did wonder about that as well. perhaps they also provide audio books.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:00 PM   #5
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Amazon also owns Audible - and yes, the Kindle plays Audible audiobooks.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:05 PM   #6
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actually i did wonder about that as well. perhaps they also provide audio books.
I am sure they do, but this is the total description of the Hotel's Kindle service:

Kindle available, loaded with your favorite audio book, in keeping with our literary tradition

If I was unaware of what the Kindle was, I would certainly come away with the impression that the Kindle was just an audio book device.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:06 PM   #7
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I am sure they do, but this is the total description of the Hotel's Kindle service:

Kindle available, loaded with your favorite audio book, in keeping with our literary tradition

If I was unaware of what the Kindle was, I would certainly come away with the impression that the Kindle was just an audio book device.
oh yes, i agree with you.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:16 PM   #8
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Well I sent an email to the Algonquin General Manager Gary Budge to get this settled. I asked if getting a digital book was an option or if audio books were all that is available.

I will be amazed if I get a response, but will let MR know if I do.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:17 PM   #9
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:19 PM   #10
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Kindle for use in a hotel...that's a smack yourself on the forehead, "why didn't I think of that idea"! Absolutely brilliant!
As as business traveler, I've spent lots of time lying awake in hotels at night, surfing the net, channel surfing on the TV (all 10 stations), and wishing I'd brought along a better/different book to read.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:25 AM   #12
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The Sony reader could probably work just as well, if not better

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Kindle for use in a hotel...that's a smack yourself on the forehead, "why didn't I think of that idea"! Absolutely brilliant!
As as business traveler, I've spent lots of time lying awake in hotels at night, surfing the net, channel surfing on the TV (all 10 stations), and wishing I'd brought along a better/different book to read.
According to your profile, you have three different eBook readers. Don't you take any of them with you when you travel?
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