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Barnes And Noble Wi-Fi Now Free
In order to promote new eBook initiative
by Karl Bode 12:45PM Tuesday Jul 28 2009
Barnes and Noble today announced that via their partnership with AT&T, they're now offering free Wi-Fi at their bookstores to all customers. The move is primarily geared toward marketing the Barnes and Noble electronic book application and their eBookstore, which provides access to some 700,000 titles. Of course if you're an AT&T, Qwest or (as of yesterday) a Verizon customer, you already get access to those AT&T/Boingo hotspots for free. Barnes & Noble had offered Wi-Fi in its stores since 2005 on a pay-per use basis.

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Siko
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Yay

Now everytime I go in there for 5 hours to read a book for free. I would also enjoy my free wifi.

jmn1207
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Re: Yay

You could also take a Kindle in there and grab a new book online.

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Re: Yay

said by jmn1207:

You could also take a Kindle in there and grab a new book online.
You mean over the Sprint cell network?
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jmn1207
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Re: Yay

said by Gbcue:

said by jmn1207:

You could also take a Kindle in there and grab a new book online.
You mean over the Sprint cell network?
Doh! I was not aware that it didn't have Wi-Fi. I've never actually used the device, as you can clearly see that I don't do much readin'.

pnh102
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Economy Antidote

I wonder if Barnes and Noble has experienced a huge dropoff in customers due to the economy and is now using this as a means to pull them in.
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DaveDude
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Re: Economy Antidote

I think so too, they could probably boost high priced coffee sales, and sell a few extra books. I still dont see the purpose of brick book stores anyway. When you can just go online and get it from amazon, or even Barnes and Noble.
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Re: Economy Antidote

It's the new book smell. Some are into that new-car scent but there's nothing like the fragrance of fresh paper and ink.

I like the idea of B&N offering free-wifi. If I'm going to leech on someone's "free" bandwith I'm more likely to buy a coffee, a book or something in exchange.

Nightshade
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Besides some brick and mortar bookstores can find the rare book that the chain bookstores don't carry.

Heinekev

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Seriously? You don't see the point in brick and mortar bookstores? When I have to pick a $50 book, it's nice to be able to flip through it before I commit and make sure the material is what I am actually needing.

It's also nice to browse and see what's out there.

Not to mention instant gratification.
questionable

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what about Qwest customers

Don't forget Qwest Customers

»Qwest Customers Get Free Wi-Fi
FHBroadband8

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Re: what about Qwest customers

Is Wifi really free?

FreedomBuild
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Re: what about Qwest customers

said by FHBroadband8:

Is Wifi really free?
Sure it is along with 15-25% price hike on books and concessions...

* disclaimer...I don't know this to be true, just making a joke :P
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tnroroc
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Re: what about Qwest customers

said by FreedomBuild:

said by FHBroadband8:

Is Wifi really free?
Sure it is along with 15-25% price hike on books and concessions...

* disclaimer...I don't know this to be true, just making a joke :P
It is no joke.

I bought some books from a store recently, only to find out a few days later that I could save almost $15 (including the extra charge for shipping) if I bought them from BarnesandNoble.com. Luckily they were to be gifts, so I returned them to the store and got my money back. When I asked the woman why the large price difference, she said "the on-line store has a lower overhead".
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Re: what about Qwest customers

That is why they add Wifi inside the store for free. To drum up business.

Who goes to a bookstore and uses the wireless internet?

tnroroc
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Re: what about Qwest customers

In my scenario, it makes perfect sense. Browse the books in the store, connect to the on-line B&N site to find out how much cheaper the same book would be.
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said by FHBroadband8:

That is why they add Wifi inside the store for free. To drum up business.

Who goes to a bookstore and uses the wireless internet?
They have a coffee ship inside Barnes and Nobles.
People might want to drink coffee and surf the internet.

Also ebook readers could use the wifi.

Travelers would stop in barnes and nobles to use the wifi if they know it is there.
Getting them into the store means a chance to get them to spend money.
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roc5955
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said by tnroroc:

said by FreedomBuild:

said by FHBroadband8:

Is Wifi really free?
Sure it is along with 15-25% price hike on books and concessions...

* disclaimer...I don't know this to be true, just making a joke :P
It is no joke.

I bought some books from a store recently, only to find out a few days later that I could save almost $15 (including the extra charge for shipping) if I bought them from BarnesandNoble.com. Luckily they were to be gifts, so I returned them to the store and got my money back. When I asked the woman why the large price difference, she said "the on-line store has a lower overhead".
I see this with practically everything that I can buy at a brick and mortar store, and online. BN isn't the only ones to do it. Target and Best Buy are two that come to mind who also charge less online than in their stores.
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said by tnroroc:

said by FreedomBuild:

said by FHBroadband8:

Is Wifi really free?
Sure it is along with 15-25% price hike on books and concessions...

* disclaimer...I don't know this to be true, just making a joke :P
It is no joke.

I bought some books from a store recently, only to find out a few days later that I could save almost $15 (including the extra charge for shipping) if I bought them from BarnesandNoble.com. Luckily they were to be gifts, so I returned them to the store and got my money back. When I asked the woman why the large price difference, she said "the on-line store has a lower overhead".
I noticed this trend too, when I tried to price match at staples, and they said their new policy is to NOT price match websites of competitors even if they have a local store. The online prices even in the same store (chain) could be different than your local store (typically lower online). This can put them ad a BIG disavantage in the future with many B&M's closing quite soon (around the turn of the new year when they see holiday sales at B&M's tank).

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Whoops, forgot about Qwest. Thank you.

anonny mouse

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No Wi-Fi for Kindle

FYI, the Kindle does not have Wi-Fi. It uses Sprint's CDMA network for wireless connectivity.

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Verizon "Free WiFi"

IIRC, didn't Verizon just add free WiFi to certain classes of broadband accounts? I think B&N was one of the places that was on their list.

So now it is free for all to use at B&N; not so much of a perk for Verizon DSL and FIOS subscribers any more.

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Ioweyou

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Good Luck.....

getting an IP address from the router or getting a decent signal. There will be so many more people in the stores with thier laptops now that getting on the router will be near impossible. AND... getting bandwidth even harder.

I recently was on a bussiness trip where the hotel I was staying had "fre" wi-fi but I could only get 29 percent signal. I finally went down to the lobby and EVERYBODY ELSE was there too!.

I got 85 percent but after pulling up an IP the bandwidth was worse than dial-up from AOL days.

So.... good luck!

guyver01
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Re: Good Luck.....

said by Ioweyou :

getting an IP address from the router or getting a decent signal. There will be so many more people in the stores with thier laptops now that getting on the router will be near impossible. AND... getting bandwidth even harder.

I recently was on a bussiness trip where the hotel I was staying had "fre" wi-fi but I could only get 29 percent signal. I finally went down to the lobby and EVERYBODY ELSE was there too!.

I got 85 percent but after pulling up an IP the bandwidth was worse than dial-up from AOL days.

So.... good luck!
Im guessing you don't know how signal strength works.

Signal strength is a function of DISTANCE from the router antenna, not people on the router.

With more people using the bandwidth, speed will go down.

but what do you expect for free?
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new bus. model

B&N, Borders, etc should subsidize those $300+ ereaders to the tune of making them $49 (with the purchase of 12 ebooks over 1 year). Also making alot more of their catalog Efriendly would go a long ways. This is one market where, if done correctly actually has a customer base that would be LESS likely to pirate and pay for content. Tis' better to embrace now or risk losing everything in 5-10 years and closing up shop. Netbooks & table PC's are first becoming dirt cheap... now's the time to evolve (or die).
bigjimc

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Middleboro, MA

Limit Use

Maybe we will start seeing limited wifi use by MAC address. Routers which turn off access after an hour or 30 minutes or what not of use.

In rural America, we see this squatting as much as in the city. I have seen business meetings at Starbucks with two people sitting side by side on a bench seat. The looked at me awkwardly as I waited for my order. They didn't like that I could hear them.

We do see more people in the cars using wifi (as I do sometimes) taking up parking spaces near the building for 10 minutes or more.

Maybe if the people who used the "free" service could better respect the use, it could stay "free".