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HMSHost Becomes Licensed To Sell Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle is now available for sale in HMSHost Corp.-branded stores Simply Books and Authors Bookstores nationwide.

HMSHost is the first and only travel retailer of the Kindle, a 3G wireless portable reader that lets consumers download books. The 10.2-oz. device has no monthly fees or annual contracts and is the No. 1 best-selling product on Amazon.

 “We are very excited to partner with Amazon to be the first airport retailer to offer the highly acclaimed Kindle to people on the go, and to have it available in our bookstores prior to the busy Fourth of July holiday,” says Joan Ryzner, senior vice president of HMSHost Retail. “The Kindle’s readable ‘easy on the eyes’ screen and vast selection of titles are sure to delight travelers planning short or long trips.”

The units sold through HMSHost’s stores will be charged and ready to use.

Kindle’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your library and last page read with Blackberry, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, and soon, Android.

“We’re making the day better for travelers who will find it convenient to download a book before boarding a flight, on the flight prior to take-off, when making a connection or even on the way home from a trip,” Ryzner says.

The Kindle is available at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), Simply Books; Charlotte Douglas International (CLT), Simply Books; Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW), Simply Books; George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), Simply Books; Miami International (MIA), Simply Books; Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), Simply Books and Authors Bookstore; John Wayne (SNA), Authors Bookstore; Salt Lake City International (SLC), Simply books; San Diego International (SAN), Authors Bookstore; Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC), Authors Bookstore; and Tampa International (TPA), Authors Bookstore.

In other HMSHost news…

The company has received its second Airport Minority Advisory Council Corporate Partner Award, in recognition of its support of the organizations efforts on behalf of emerging minority and women businesses.

“It is with great delight that I am able to announce that HMSHost is the recipient of the 2010 AMAC Corporate Partner Award for its efforts in creating success for minorities and women in the airport industry,” said AMAC’s Board of Directors Chairman Don O’Bannon at  AMAC’s 26th annual Airport Business Diversity Conference held in New Orleans, La. “AMAC sincerely appreciates the partnership it has with HMSHost in achieving the AMAC mission.”

The annual award goes to companies and organizations that contribute to the growth and development of airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprises and whose work force and business activities reflect a strong and consistent commitment to diversity with its overall work force.

“We are honored to have our AMAC industry colleagues acknowledge the strength of our ACDBE program with this award,” says Elie W. Maalouf, HMSHost president and CEO. “More than 115 women and minority business partners work alongside HMSHost every day toward the ongoing goal of making the traveler’s day better. We highly value our minority business partner and, together, are proud to be acknowledged for encouraging and fostering their success.”

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