Barnes and Noble will give you 30 free books to switch

Barnes and Noble will give you 30 free books to switch

Starting today (Friday, June 30), Barnes and Noble will give you thirty free books if you bring in your old EBR (E-Book Reader) and switch to a NOOK:

Barnes & Noble offer site

You don’t have to give them the EBR, by the way, just show it to them.

What they’ll do is give you an SD card with thirty books (valued at $315, according to them, so not just public domain freebies) that will only work on a NOOK. That means you are also getting a 2GB SD card.

More information is given in this

B&N press release

Interestingly, one of the free books is Robinson Crusoe…which I happen to be reading right now. πŸ™‚ The Good Housekeeping Cookbook is also included.

I think this is smart on their part. It’s going to draw some people into the store…and people have generally been pleased with the NOOK Simple Touch when handling it.

Not a bad deal for folks with old obsolete LCD EBRs who decide it’s time for an upgrade.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theΒ I Love My Kindle blog.

7 Responses to “Barnes and Noble will give you 30 free books to switch”

  1. Dave Says:

    Bah…give me 30 books of MY choice (you can still cap the value at $315), give me a year to buy them all and then maybe, JUST MAYBE, we’d have a deal B&N!

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Dave!

      That wouldn’t do it for me. πŸ™‚ They need to fix the Customer Service aspect first.

  2. John S. Hagewood Says:

    one word: “Gimmick”. πŸ™‚

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, John!

      More than one word: gimmicks can work. πŸ™‚ I absolutely agree that’s what it is…it will probably get a few people into the store. Again, not necessarily those with Kindles, but maybe an eBookwise. πŸ™‚

      • John S. Hagewood Says:

        yes, they definitely can work πŸ™‚ You know, I’m tempted to take in my old Sony 505 just to get the free 2GB SD card! I have nothing against the Nook (the new touch one and the color one both look nice) but I cannot abide that Adobe DRM (which I think is much worse than Amazon’s DRM, after reading some horror stories about “too many activations” and getting locked out of your own book!)

  3. tuxgirl Says:

    I think this will work for a lot of people who don’t know about public domain, or who don’t click the “see the list of books” link, but honestly, I’m looking at the list and I don’t see much that makes this a great offer. I mean… Secret Garden, Aesop’s Fables, Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, Little Women, Robin Hood, Walden… Those are all great books, but I wouldn’t consider getting those free to be a benefit. I’m guessing that when B&N is talking about the value, they’re also using one of their “special” formatted versions of the book…

    The rest of the books, most of them just don’t seem that exciting. Something by the AARP? A player’s handbook for soccer? The Mom’s Guide to Running a Business? Sure, for the right person, one of those books might be interesting, but I don’t know many people for whom all 3 of those would be applicable.

    I guess I just have some trouble believing that the average value of the books in this set is anywhere close to 10$, which is what they are claiming…

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, tuxgirl!

      I appreciate that you looked at the list. Books are very personal: it’s tough for somebody else to pick them out for you…

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