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Barnes & Noble to offer free WiFi

Posted by guest  July 30, 2009 07:45 AM

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As part of a larger push into the e-book world, Barnes & Noble says that it is offering complimentary WiFi at its nearly 780 stores across the nation.

Formerly, BN customers were charged $3.95 for two hours of access to AT&T's in-store wireless Internet service, which has been available in stores since 2005.

The book retailer said in a news release that customers in its stores now will be able to download and preview any of the more than 700,000 titles in its recently launched e-bookstore, along with the thousands of free, public-domain books available through Google.

Earlier this month, the company released its free eBook reader application called eReader for the BlackBerry, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Posted by Paul S. Makishima, Globe staff

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3 comments so far...
  1. About time. I never understood why Barnes & Noble and Starbucks went with AT&T and their pay for use wifi service. Almost every small coffee shop and book shop offer free wifi and Im sure this fee for service is hurting B&N's and starbucks bottom line.

    Posted by notyouraveragejoe July 30, 09 12:32 PM
  1. I agree. I am at B&N right now; I like Starbucks drinks MUCH better than the other 'local coffee shops' but I NEVER go to Starbucks (maybe once a month at most) whereas I go to local shops 3-4 times a week. I choose them over Starbucks simply because of the free internet.......

    Go in any local coffee shop, 80%+ of the folks have laptops open..

    Starbucks needs to join the bandwagon and give free internet. I will certainly be coming to B&N muhc more often now...

    Posted by IDesireFreeInternetWithMyCoffee August 2, 09 04:30 PM
  1. It doesn't seem to be available at the B&N at BU in Kenmore Square. At least, I couldn't pick up a signal there a few days ago. When I first got the B&N email about it, they said it was available at all B&N locations, but they did not list that one.

    Posted by wifiwanderer September 27, 09 09:39 AM
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