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Simon & Schuster Partners with Ritz Carlton to Provide Paperback Turndown...

Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, partnered with Ritz Carlton to provide a free collection of short stories by authors like Jodi Picoult, Susan Isaacs, and John Connolly in Turndown Tales. This paperback will be given free as part of its turndown service.

Turndown service is usually performed in the early evening hours by a guest service personnel and it can be as simple as just turning down your covers or elaborate as providing specialty chocolates or after dinner coffees, gratis. Of course, you tip for this service, but its kind of a treat.

Apparently, though, Ritz wasn’t thrilled with the initial offerings because of swearing and racy content. S&S asked the authors to tone down the language and, (though not explicitly stated), remove some of the racier parts.

I think this is a great idea. Maybe as part of the guest menu can be a list of books to order up with your meal. Simon & Schuster is certainly thinking outside the box. I would have liked to see lesser known authors contributing to the collection, though, as it could be a great marketing tool for the midlist authors who are the ones who really need the exposure.

Via Shelf Awareness.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jordan Summers
    May 14, 2007 @ 13:23:58

    Let me start by saying that I love the Ritz, but for Pete’s sake, it’s a hotel. What do they think people are doing in those rooms? *wg*

  2. Darlene Marshall
    May 16, 2007 @ 07:06:17

    I’ll be staying at a Ritz-Carlton for a wedding this June. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of reading material I’m given.

    And I think Jordan’s on to something here. Maybe the hotel should be leaving erotica collections as part of the turn-down service. After all, there is a tradition of “pillow books”.

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