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NOOK Nights at BN Stores

Status: New Idea

Similar to Story Time at Barnes & Noble Stores, could you offer to show a family movie/cartoon from the NOOK HD to customers on a Wednesday or Thursday nights during the summer months? This could bring more families to the stores and store associates can explain all the great features of NOOK HD!


You could advertise by emails, flyers, and membership promotions.

by SynChronicity3 on ‎06-19-2013 12:38 PM

Stores could reach out to their local newspaper and add this as a community event, or even post the event in their local town's website, or community board calendars.

by kamas716 on ‎06-19-2013 03:26 PM

Their might be an issue with copyright and licensing in having a formal movie night, unless the movie/cartoon is in the public domain. 

by SynChronicity3 on ‎06-19-2013 04:47 PM

You do bring up a good point...but then how do most towns provide "movies under the stars."  The town next to me shows one movie a week during the summer months in an outdoor venue.  It is typically a movie over a year old though.  Perhaps they can still do this?

by Byteguy on ‎06-19-2013 06:59 PM

The park district buys a performance license for one night.  There are companies like this one that take care of that for them.



by Ya_Ya on ‎06-19-2013 07:40 PM

There's no way that this could generate enough sales to even cover its costs.


The amount of money that goes into doing this sort of thing at a retail location is vomit-inducing.

by NookGardener on ‎06-19-2013 10:55 PM

This is such a bad idea. If youre talking about a 5 foot screen in the kids area, maybe it would work if only 10-20 kids. But if larger screen or adults, where would you display this movie? Are you expecting people to stand throughout? If so, they will complain. Are you going to turn off some of the lights? If so, people shopping for books are going to complain. 

by Byteguy on ‎06-20-2013 02:23 PM

NookGardener  wrote:
.,,,Are you going to turn off some of the lights? If so, people shopping for books are going to complain.

Or, they're going to help themselves to "complimentary" books while everyone is watching the movie and the staff can't see them "shopping."

by Alwzreading on ‎08-05-2013 11:29 PM

What about this - offer a free in-store only rental of a specific movie or show.   It would only be available on the BN wifi, just like the 'read for free' option.  Since the show is already part of the BN catalog, it shouldn't require any additional fees for BN.  The stores could then set up displays with books, etc., that would tie into the show somehow.  And since the customers could start the show whenever they wanted to, the crowds would be more manageable.  It could also offer a way for BN to help local groups by allowing them to sell popcorn, after all, what's a movie without popcorn?

by on ‎08-06-2013 07:17 PM

Don't most movies, in the copyright section, state that the movie is for personal showing use only, and you have to get a public performance license for a public showing?


The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the U.S. Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a copy of a copyrighted work carries with it the right to publicly exhibit the work. No additional license is required to privately view a movie or other copyrighted work with a few friends and family or in certain narrowly defined face-to-face teaching activities. However, bars, restaurants, private clubs, prisons, lodges, factories, summer camps, public libraries, daycare facilities, parks and recreation departments, churches and non-classroom use at schools and universities are all examples of situations where a public performance license must be obtained. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or non-profit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved.


by SynChronicity3 on ‎08-06-2013 09:26 PM

How do the laws differ for reading a book in a public place.  Or is it necessary to obtain a license as well from the publisher?  The story time books that are read at BN are still in copywrite?

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