The St. Regis Hotel New York has a storied history with literature. The founder of the hotel John Jacob Astor has a personal collection of over 3,000 books that are available at the hotel, but cannot be checked out. In order to make his library accessible St. Regis has digitized them all and are making them available on a custom Kindle with a Thornwillow cover available to be purchased for $1,500.
“In a city with such a high level of competition, and where the scope of luxury is constantly evolving, it is no longer enough to offer standard amenities,” said Hermann Elger, general manager of the St. Regis, New York. “Consumers are looking for one-of-a-kind experiences and St. Regis continues to evolve and innovate to provide guests with unmatched and anticipatory services that exceed our clientele’s expectations.
“The Astor Digital Library is a collection of curated leather-bound devices available to guests, loaded with titles from hotel founder John Jacob Astor IV’s original collection, which has been housed for over a century on the hotel’s second floor,” he said.
via Luxury Daily
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.