Free Thing of the Week – July 30, 2009

Posted on July 30, 2009

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Today’s free thing is a service that just became free (just in time for my post):

But this week’s entry is the announcement that Barnes & Noble will be offering free in-store Wi-Fi access at every location in the country. I will go to one of the B&N in Middle Tennessee on Monday to check into the service.

Other announcements from the company’s release:

– All customers shopping in Barnes & Noble stores can now freely download and preview any of the over 700,000 eBook titles with hundreds of thousands of public domain titles available from Google.

– 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.

– Barnes & Noble Bookstore app (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/iphone/) for iPhone and iPod touch 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.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Barnes & Noble as we work together to enhance and deepen customers’ overall experience within the retail stores,” said Ron Spears, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions said in a press release. “We currently offer the majority of our AT&T customers Wi-Fi access throughout our more than 20,000 U.S. hotspot footprint, including Barnes & Noble, with their qualifying AT&T services. Now, we’re excited to be able to offer every Barnes & Noble customer the same great Wi-Fi experience at no extra charge whenever they enter a retail store.”

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