Simon & Schuster has partnered with online travel site Hotels.com to give away e-books to travelers.
Customers that book a two-night stay via the travel site in selected U.S. destinations will be able to download one of seven titles as a free e-book. The books include: Simon & Schuster. Bestselling titles at launch include Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King; The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke; The White Queen by Philippa Gregory; Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger; I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes; You by Caroline Kepnes and The Ascendant by Drew Chapman. The publisher will update the titles periodically.
Customers will be able to access the books through social reading platform Glose. The books are available on laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The partnership is part of an emerging trend in which publishers are looking for new ways to get their e-books into the hands of travelers. For instance, HarperCollins is giving away free reads to JetBlue passengers while in flight.