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Bookseller Barnes & Noble has jumped onto the e-book train full force, and to show how serious they are about it they are now providing free Wi-Fi at their stores. Wi-Fi has been available at many B&N stores for a few years through the AT&T wireless […]

gI_0_WIFISIGNBookseller Barnes & Noble has jumped onto the e-book train full force, and to show how serious they are about it they are now providing free Wi-Fi at their stores. Wi-Fi has been available at many B&N stores for a few years through the AT&T wireless service. The press release for the Wi-Fi indicates it will now be available totally free at all retail locations:

The existing AT&T Wi-Fi network at Barnes & Noble has been available to customers since 2005. Now, anybody walking into a Barnes & Noble store anywhere in the country will have complimentary and unlimited access to the Wi-Fi network at all store locations.

As a part of the Wi-Fi offering announced today, customers will soon be able to opt-in to receive personalized messages from Barnes & Noble — such as a coupon to the in-store café, notices on an author book signing or details on where to find a new book release in their favorite genre — on their Wi-Fi enabled devices when they enter the store.

B&N has embraced the e-book market in a big way, as indicated by our interview with company officials. This free Wi-Fi program is firmly aimed at bolstering the e-book side of the business.

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  1. I am a novice, and thanks to you James they have a new customer. Just d/l the BN eReader and really liked the fact that I have 6 books already there.
    Will definitely buy something later on!

    My question is please – what format are they using in their BN shop? Is it DRM like? Can I d/l to my machine or is it just online? Can they wipe the content I have locally as Amazon did recently?

    Thanks,
    Tal

    1. James Kendrick tal Wednesday, July 29, 2009

      it uses their proprietary DRM which can be used on any device that uses the eReader software. That’s why I like them. They cannot wipe your content.

  2. Now if only they would put in more AC outlets, or uncover the ones that they had covered over. Oh, and more chairs and tables.

    Also if they had a homepage that was auto redirect when signing on to the free WiFi; that allowed you to browse the books the store actually has stocked and point to their approximate location on a virtual map ….. am I asking too much?

    Maybe I should be happy with the free WiFi for now ….

  3. What happened to BN at 23rd street, NYC? I haven’t been there for long time, but recently discovered it’s no longer there. It’s been BN flagship in Manhattan.

    1. I believe the Union Square location is now [b]the shit[/b] in terms of B&N stores now.

      I lived on 14th & 6th for all of 2008, and in that time span I believe the number of easily walkable B&N locations dropped from 5 to 2…

      I mean, it was almost too dense at that point, but…I can’t complain either way.

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