Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide to Offer Free AT&T Wi-Fi

Posted by at 10:21 am on July 28, 2009

Barnes & Noble announced today an agreement with AT&T that will provide complimentary in-store Wi-Fi to any customer that visits a Barnes & Noble bookstore nationwide. All customers shopping in Barnes & Noble stores can now freely download and preview any of the over 700,000 and growing eBook titles with hundreds of thousands of public domain titles available from Google.

“Barnes & Noble pioneered the concept of retail stores as community centers,” said Steve Riggio, CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “By providing no-fee Wi-Fi access, we are not only meeting our customers’ needs, but extending the sense of community that has always been in our stores.”

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.

Customers can also download the free Barnes & Noble Bookstore app for iPhone and iPod touch.

The free apps allows customers to:

  • Discover their next great read by browsing bestsellers, B&N Recommends lists, new releases or watching video interviews with authors.
  • Check the events calendar for celebrity book signings, readings, musical performances and children’s Storytimes.
  • Find the closest Barnes & Noble, get maps and directions.
  • Use the iPhone’s camera to snap a photo of a front cover and within seconds promptly retrieve product details, editorial reviews, and customer ratings -“ even find and reserve a copy in the nearest store.

Barnes & Noble eReader app for the Barnes & Noble eBookstore -“ enabling convenient anytime, anywhere eBook reading on iPhone and iPod touch; BlackBerry smartphones, PC’s and Mac laptops and desktops. Offers customers:

  • Instant access to more than 700,000 eBook titles.
  • Hundreds of new releases and bestsellers at $9.99.
  • More than half a million public domain titles available.
  • Powerful tools to optimize the reading experience, including the ability to modify type size and font and annotate and bookmark text, as well as an innovative auto-scroll feature enabling users hands free reading.
  • Read free eBooks today: www.bn.com/ebooks

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