Britain hotel guests get e-Bibles

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

A hotel in Britain has replaced its paper Bibles with e-readers.

As of this week, all 148 rooms at the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle, about 280 km north of London, are equipped with Kindles that have been pre-loaded with a copy of the Bible, the Telegraph reports.

Guests can download other religious books for free, and can buy books from the Kindle store, with the charge added to their bill. But the e-readers stay at the hotel and are wiped clean after each checkout. The Indigo, which opened on June 1, is testing out the new policy until July 16, when InterContinental Hotels may decide to expand it to other locations in the chain.

In what the hotel claims is a first in the U.K., the e-readers take the place of traditional paper Bibles typically distributed to hotels by Gideons, which says it has placed 1.7 billion of the books around the world since 1908.


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