I worked at Barnes & Noble full-time (More than a year)
Multiple ways to read new books(even if you do it at your lunch break). Usually awesome people to work with, and multiple discounts.
Holidays worked, low pay, and not a lot of advancement available
Advice to Management
If I made the money that I make at my current job I would have worked at Barnes and noble forever. Pay your employees more and they will stick around.
The process was very relaxed. First they call you to do a phone screening, then they bring you in for an in person interview. They'll check up on your references and call you back to offer you a position (or not). They want to know that you're a reader, and what kinds of books you like so that they can put you in sections you'd be comfortable working in.