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Hotel in the UK Replaces Bibles with Kindles

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Gideons International supplies Bibles to thousands of hotels around the world. However, one hotel in Britain has ditched its 148 copies of the book and replaced them with an electronic version of the Bible that has been pre-loaded onto Kindle ereaders. Guests staying at the hotel will also be able to download any other religious text valued at £5 or less during their stay.

According to the Telegraph, Hotel Indigo in Newcastle is claiming to be the first hotel in the UK to do so. However, the hotel isn't just offering patrons access to holy texts. Guest will also be able to access additional titles in a pay-per-view set-up that will allow them to purchase regular fiction and charge it to their room.

"In the 18th Century, Newcastle was one of the largest print centers in Britain and we're in Grainger Town, close to the Literary and Philosophical Society," general manager Adam Munday is quoted as saying. "We wanted to reflect this literary history in a very contemporary way, so are offering guests the use of cutting-edge Kindles pre-loaded with The Bible, instead of the more traditional hardcopy Gideon’s Bible that they would expect to find in a hotel."

The Kindles will be in Hotel Indigo's 148 rooms on a trial basis until July 16. After that, a decision will be made on whether or not to keep the program. Additionally, Hotel Indigo will decide whether it wants to expand the program and put Kindles in any of its other hotels. A chain of boutique hotels owned by InterContinental Hotels, Hotel Indigo currently has 39 locations around the world.

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    del35 , July 3, 2012 2:19 PM
    You have to complement them for not using iPads.
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    back_by_demand , July 3, 2012 1:40 PM
    tominotorWho replaces the Kindle when the user walks out with it?

    So you book your hotel room with your credit card, then sign in. Why do you think people don't walk out with the TV or the kettle, think for a minute and the answer will come eventually.
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    velocityg4 , July 3, 2012 12:59 PM
    Why not just load them up with classics that are now public domain? Frankly I don't see the point though. Any avid reader is going to bring books or a ereader with them. Non avid readers are just going to watch some TV or surf the Internet.
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    back_by_demand , July 3, 2012 1:13 PM
    greghomeConsidering how a large percent of the UK's population are irreligious....I think this is gonna be a big waste of money......

    Because popular fiction titles that you can charge to your room account, creating a revenue stream, like Harry Potter or Girl With The Gragon Tattoo are not dependant on you being Catholic.
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    captaincharisma , July 3, 2012 1:13 PM
    i doubt any of the ultra religious would even know how to use it or even know how to turn it on
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    Anonymous , July 3, 2012 1:25 PM
    Who replaces the Kindle when the user walks out with it?
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    back_by_demand , July 3, 2012 1:40 PM
    tominotorWho replaces the Kindle when the user walks out with it?

    So you book your hotel room with your credit card, then sign in. Why do you think people don't walk out with the TV or the kettle, think for a minute and the answer will come eventually.
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    notsleep , July 3, 2012 1:49 PM
    they're probably using the 1st gen kindles which take ages to flip a page. what would jesus think? :)  i think zenu would love it more than jesus though since it's hi tech. :) 
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    del35 , July 3, 2012 2:19 PM
    You have to complement them for not using iPads.
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    willard , July 3, 2012 2:52 PM
    tominotorWho replaces the Kindle when the user walks out with it?

    The hotel, care of your credit card, which you have to put on file to book a hotel pretty much anywhere in the world.
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    eddieroolz , July 3, 2012 3:08 PM
    Considering the number of non-Christian natives immigrating to Britain now, maybe hotels should consider a Quran too.
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    oxiide , July 3, 2012 3:12 PM
    del35You have to complement them for not using iPads.

    Do you think there much of a chance of that, considering the price difference and their need for a very basic e-book reader?
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    beardguy , July 3, 2012 3:14 PM
    captaincharismai doubt any of the ultra religious would even know how to use it or even know how to turn it on

    Sweeping generalization = fail
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    stingstang , July 3, 2012 3:55 PM
    oxiideDo you think there much of a chance of that, considering the price difference and their need for a very basic e-book reader?

    The same arguement could be used to ask why so many people have an iPad and an iPhone.
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    thecolorblue , July 3, 2012 4:12 PM
    gimmick
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    pacioli , July 3, 2012 4:37 PM
    captaincharismai doubt any of the ultra religious would even know how to use it or even know how to turn it on

    I guess the human race is incapable of learning from past mistakes...
    In 1933, in National Socialist controlled Germany, Jehovah's Witnesses were persecuted on the basis of their beliefs. Then Jews and Romani were persecuted. Eventually certain Protestant religions were persecuted due to their belief in the Old Testament. Finally the persecution of Catholics began in later years.
    In all 6 million Jews, 3 million Catholics and 2 million 'others' were killed in Nazi concentration camps.
    It is important to practice tolerance for all people. Tolerating only those that agree with you leads down a very dark path...
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    gm0n3y , July 3, 2012 5:35 PM
    I would rather that they just get rid of all religious paraphernalia from hotels. I find the Bible to be offensive (though hilarious) and usually just end up stealing it and burning it in my sacrificial alter when I get home.
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    madjimms , July 3, 2012 6:12 PM
    pacioliI guess the human race is incapable of learning from past mistakes...In 1933, in National Socialist controlled Germany, Jehovah's Witnesses were persecuted on the basis of their beliefs. Then Jews and Romani were persecuted. Eventually certain Protestant religions were persecuted due to their belief in the Old Testament. Finally the persecution of Catholics began in later years.In all 6 million Jews, 3 million Catholics and 2 million 'others' were killed in Nazi concentration camps.It is important to practice tolerance for all people. Tolerating only those that agree with you leads down a very dark path...

    Sounds like a religious sympathizer....
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    captaincharisma , July 3, 2012 6:19 PM
    Quote:
    I would rather that they just get rid of all religious paraphernalia from hotels. I find the Bible to be offensive (though hilarious) and usually just end up stealing it and burning it in my sacrificial alter when I get home.


    who cares all it is is a little book kept in a drawer out of sight. its not like all hotel rooms have a cross with baby Jesus over every door and bed. although i bet there are hotels somewhere that do this
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    blurr91 , July 3, 2012 7:33 PM
    captaincharismai doubt any of the ultra religious would even know how to use it or even know how to turn it on


    They are not what Gideon's bibles are aimed at. The Gideon's bibles are aimed at casually religious or "bi(ble) curious" people. After all, there's no need to convert someone if he's already converted.

    By the way, I know very religious people who are computer experts.
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    blurr91 , July 3, 2012 7:38 PM
    gm0n3yI would rather that they just get rid of all religious paraphernalia from hotels. I find the Bible to be offensive (though hilarious) and usually just end up stealing it and burning it in my sacrificial alter when I get home.


    How tolerant you are...

    I was like you once. Then I grew up.
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    Anonymous , July 3, 2012 9:21 PM
    Yeah, this will not last long, at all...

    having a credit card on file is one thing, accusing someone of stealing something from a hotel room and proving it is another..

    But it was there, maybe on of your staff took it! who else has access to the room!

    Nope, they will walk, get broken and not be used for a profit.

    Who will stay in the room long enough to read a whole book anyway, unless yuo have time to burn and cant be arsed leaving the room!

    Its a joke!
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