A UK hotel in Newcastle has just swapped their Bibles for Bible-loaded Kindles in their hotel rooms. It’s an experiment, they say, and they will evaluate its success in a few weeks.
I’m a Kindle enthusiast, yet I have mixed thoughts about this. On the down side, for those who truly use the Bible while staying in a hotel, if they have never handled an eReader, it could be a jarring experience, since a person’s interaction with a Bible is personal and probably employs a lot of flipping to favorite passages.
On the other hand, we live in a diverse world, and the Kindle can easily also hold a multitude of other religious texts and this is a huge positive. It would be wonderful for those of varied faiths to have the opportunity to read spiritual material, as well.
So, my vote would be to add a spiritually packed Kindle, rather than just replace the Bible.
And that’s what I’ll say to the hotel in Newcastle if they give me a call. 🙂