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Barnes & Noble Expands into South America? Answer: No

There are generally 2 ways launch a new business. The first is Amazon’s method, which involves lots of fanfare, publicity, and media attention.

And then there’s B&N’s approach – launch the new service but not tell anyone. That’s what they did with their social network, and that looks to be how Barnes & Noble just opened up their ebookstore over the weekend.

I got a tweet Friday night from a friend in Argentina. She reported that for the first time ever, she was able to buy an ebook from the Nook Store (without the usual subterfuge).

Update: B&N is saying via an intermediary that this was a hiccup in their firewall. You weren’t supposed to be able to do that. Sorry folks.

That’s huge news, but at this point it has yet to be confirmed. Queries to B&N have gone unanswered, and no other Nook owner outside the US has reported similar new access. Absent confirmation from B&N, I’m going to rate this a rumor.

That’s a shame; right now the only market outside the US that is served by B&N is Canada, and I’ve been told that the selection is lacking.

While it is just a rumor, it is also a plausible one. We know that B&n is planning international expansion, with a UK deal said to be in the works. It would make sense to me to start selling in LA, and use the response from customers as a way to encourage local partners to sign up.

If I get an update from B&N or another Nook owner, I will update this post.

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Geert February 27, 2012 um 2:44 pm

I just did a test here in the Netherlands. I was indeed able to buy an ebook from B&N without using an VPN. So it looks like B&N’s IP-address check is not active at the moment. Probably just a technical issue, that will be fixed on monday. But lets wait and see.

By the way my account was still registered with an US address.

Marcio February 27, 2012 um 3:51 pm

Didn’t work here in Brazil. Same message as aways.

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