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The Algonquin Now Offering Guests Both Kindles and Sony Readers

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March 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

As a longtime literary haven, the Algonquin was early on the hotel loan-a-Kindle trend, and now they’re stepping their bookishness up yet another notch. Guests at the Algonquin can choose between a Kindle or a Sony reader to use during their stay (free of charge.)

But that's not all. Guests will have even more books to choose from as the hotel has struck a new partnership with the Harper Perennial imprint.

Harper Perennial will provide a fresh batch new titles and classics to the hotel each month. Upcoming titles available include The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy, and Oscar Wilde’s The Model Millionaire.

The hotel has also introduced a series of events in partnership with Harper Perennial—soirees that will include author signings and panel discussions in the lobby and in the infamous Round Table Room. Details are still being planned for the next special event, although we have heard it’s going to be food-related.

For people more interested in their own literary events at the Algonquin, the hotel makes its lobby available for book club meetings—reservations are required, the group is limited to 10 people, and be prepared for the hotel to suggest you discuss a Harper Perennial book.

Note: The press release says, “A Harper Perennial book will be recommended every month for you to consider introducing to your group”—but there’s no mention of what might happen if you go rogue and choose another book entirely.

Perhaps Matilda will be brought in to adjudicate? Room rates here start at around $220 a night.

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