Technology has certainly replaced the old way of life, but not the occupation. This, we know from the numerous reading enthusiasts that check into hotels, to make use of the high tech amenities like iPods and the latest addition – E-Books. Guests at Gansevoort in Manhattan, Miami, and Turks & Caicos have a choice of relaxing pool-side with Sony Readers on a first-come, first-served basis. Meanwhile, the Kimpton’s spanking new Epic Hotel in Miami has launched the “Epic Page Turner,” a reading-centered program, in addition to the complimentary facility of the old-fashioned paper book. The hotel also rents out Sony Readers and an online facility of “Epic Virtual Nightstand” that lets guests access book excerpts from an in-room desktop computer.
At the book’s price, about 200,000 additional requested titles are available with a chargeable download fee, which Epic will use to donate to the Early Learning Coalition of Miami/Dade/Monroe Counties. If you’re looking for variety in techie bibliography, New York’s Algonquin Hotel offers Amazon’s Kindle, which means the guests can read titles from Algonquin Round Table authors like Edna Ferber and Robert Benchley.