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Hotel offers electronic Gideons

13 July 2012

FOR more than a century, The Gideons International have been placing Bibles in the drawers of hotel rooms around the world.

The actor David Suchet, who plays Hercule Poirot, became a Christian after reading a Gideon Bible that he found in his hotel room during a stay in the United States.

But guests at Hotel Indigo, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who are looking for spiritual sustenance, will now find a Kindle e-reader by their bedsides, with the Bible loaded on to it. A statement from the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which owns the hotel, said that guests "will also be able to download their preferred religious books via the hotel's free Wi-Fi during their stay".

The hotel said that the decision to replace Gideon Bibles with Kindles was inspired by the "literary history" of Newcastle, which "was formerly a publishing hotspot".

The general manager of Hotel Indigo Newcastle, Adam Munday, said that the hotel had decided to place Kindles in its rooms to reflect the area's literary history "in a very contemporary way".

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