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Epic Hotel's 'Virtual Nightstand' Does Not Seem Particularly Epic

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July 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Huh. Yeah. So we got excited about Amazon Kindles at the Algonquin. And yes, we even got excited enough to put down our poolside go-to literature (Us Weekly, let's be real with each other here) when we heard about the sunshine-friendly Sony Readers offered by the Gansevoort. But for some reason we're not quite as excited about the "EPIC Page-Turner" program that's being heavily touted by Miami's new (and highly-praised!) Epic Hotel and Residences.

Here's the deal: the hotel offers up Sony Digital Readers "on a complimentary basis to Club Level guests and those spending their day lounging at the hotel’s 16th floor pool deck." Which is cool — and the readers are loaded with one complimentary book only. You are allowed to request other titles to read during your stay for the cost of the eBook — "plus a nominal download fee that EPIC will donate to the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe." Which is nice. We can't hate on charity.

But also being heavily promoted is something called the "EPIC Virtual Nightstand," which is accessible from your in-room desktop computer (oh yes, did we mention EPIC rooms have computers in 'em?) or at home. From the "nightstand," you can read excerpts "from a variety of best-sellers, new releases, and pre-publication titles from Hachette Book Group." Okay, so you can read an excerpt. We can also do that on Amazon.com, where there are many many books — there are 11 books on this digital nightstand thingy. And if you want the whole book, you've gotta fork over some cash after that — which is sort of meh.

On the plus-side, the hotel does provide a complimentary title from Hachette Book Group as a turn-down amenity, starting with B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras and a new book is provided every month.

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