We continue to be impressed with the unique offerings by Bedside Reading® that keep showing up in many of our favorite luxury hotel suites. This newest amenity by this creative brand is no different. As we have featured in the past, Bedside Reading places a wide variety of complimentary books by the bedsides in luxury hotels and boutique properties. Like so many companies during 2020, their team ventured out of the box, and created “BEDSIDE READING on the download.” This clean, green and touchless book and podcast program delivers the same quality of books that we have come to love about this brand.
Bedside Reading on the download: Where Can You Find It Now?
It has launched with many of their current and new partner hotels, including: Acqualina Resort & Residences; Conrad New York Downtown; The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows; Waldorf Astoria Chicago; The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York; The Meritage Resort and Spa; Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa; Paséa Hotel & Spa; Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort; Vista Collina Resort; The Dream Inn; The Jacquard; and Morrison House. Our friends across the pond should not have to wait too long, as they also expect to launch in Europe and the United Kingdom this winter.
“We are proud to launch BEDSIDE READING on the download,” said Jane Ubell-Meyer, founder of Bedside Reading. “We wanted to provide a safe and touchless way to continue to share the many wonderful authors to the traveling public. And we wanted this amenity to reflect the eclectic character of each hotel. Downloadable books as a virtual amenity for the hospitality industry was the answer – shared globally and across many platforms, and provided complimentary to travelers. We are excited to still provide a ‘novel’ amenity to our hotels and their guests.”
Bedside Reading on the download: How Does It Work?
BEDSIDE READING on the download will offer an array of six to eight curated downloadable complimentary DIGITAL eBooks and audiobooks as gifts to hotel guests. These are provided to them before they arrive, while on property and for their return home. Genres (fiction, non-fiction, business, wellness, children’s and classics) from both major and indie publishers and authors will be included. A 24/7 podcast library from Bedside Reading’s Authors that Thrive collection, will also be available via their digital platform partner, Glose.
Each partner hotel has a personalized web page. Beyond this newest offering by Bedside Reading, a new classics division will also be launched, and physical books will still be an option for those who wish to provide a hardback or paperback edition.
Bedside Reading on the download: What Books Can We Expect?
The first collection of books this fall included: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (Fiction); Never Say Goodbye by Kim Sakwa (Fiction); Just Feel by Mallika Chopra (Children’s Book); The Changemaker by Deke Copenhaver (Business/Memoir); Challenge Everything by Scott Cullather and Kristina McCoobery (Business/Events); LiveTrue by Ora Nadrich (Wellness); Never Sit If You Can Dance by Jo Giese (Memoir); Fille Perdue by Charles D’Amico (thriller) the first audiobook in the program.
So, what is coming in November? Beside Reading gave us an inside look at the books you will find with their hotel partners. This list includes: Limerick Comics by Robert Hoyman (Childrens); Under Lock and Key by Betty Bolté (Paranormal Romance); A Bend in the River by Libby Fischer Hellmann (Fiction); Eye of the Moon by Ivan Obolensky (Thriller); Dead Ball by GP Hutchinson (Thriller); Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Classic); Success Reloaded by Masha Ibeschitz (Business); and The Birth Mother by Seymour Ubell (Fiction/Audiobook).
Bedside Reading on the download: Who Benefits from Bedside Reading?
At a time when most physical amenities have been removed from hotel rooms and suites, guests still receive a book (six books!) as their amenity – in a safe, touchless and green way.
The program provides a valuable way for hotels and other related hospitality entities to stay in touch with their guests from the time that they are making their reservations and extends through the duration of their stay. The digital books can be sent as a gift before travelers arrive, or given to them when they check-in and/or as they return home.
Hotels will be provided with a customized landing page where guests can select any (or all) of the books being featured at that time. Guests have access to the program via the televisions and tablets in the rooms/suites. The book selection changes monthly. Additionally, guests can easily access the books anywhere via customized and scannable Links/QR codes.
“The Pierre is continuously focused on providing the ultimate guest experience. In this new age of hotel stays, we are very pleased to be able to offer our guests the top tier book choices from Bedside Reading in a safe and personal delivery,” says Francois-Olivier Luiggi, General Manager at The Pierre, A TAJ Hotel, New York.
Opportunities for meeting and incentive planners are available for conference attendees and loyalty programs; as well as author programs, literary experiences and curated hotel libraries. Book lovers can also armchair travel and find a wide variety of books and podcasts at the Bedside Reading website.
So, when you do begin to travel again, we hope that you will find this unique offering by Bedside Reading in your suite. Be sure to tag them with #BedsideReading on social media to share the experience!