Kindle E-Bible Replaces Traditional Bible in England Hotel
By Andy Walker - Crossmap On July 5, 2012
A Hotel in England is modernizing the mission of spreading the gospel through a Kindle pre-loaded with the Scripture, replacing the traditional Gideon Bible.
All the chains of the Hotel Indigo, one of the InterContinental Hotels Group, are newly serving the guests in the 148 rooms with a Kindle Touch pre-loaded with the Scripture.
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Hotel Indigo made the change in its policy beginning Monday, claiming to be the first in Britain to offer such a service, Telegraph reported.
"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," said Adam Munday, the hotel's general manager.
“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," said Munday.
The Newcastle hotel was elected as a trial program, thanks to its special literary history that is represented by Philosophical Society of Newcastle, one of the largest independent libraries in the UK that's located nearby.
A two-week trial will lead to a decision on July 16th, whether to keep this program in Newcastle or to expand it to the 44 hotels around the world.
The Gideon Bible has provided more than 84 million printed copies of the traditional bibles around the world last year to venues including hotels, hospitals, military places and schools.
"Anything to put the Bible in people's hands is a good thing," Ken Stephens said regarding the plan to replace bibles.
"It is a fascinating idea, and I'm sure somehow, some way, its time will come for us. But right now just the paper version is the best for what we do," he continued.