Barnes & Noble shutters how-to site Quamut

Barnes & Noble's how-to site Quamut has been shut down, although the bookseller will continue to sell the digital downloads and physical guides.

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Barnes & Noble has quietly shuttered its how-to site Quamut. The site, which was launched back in late March 2008, was a mix of professionally produced how-to guides and user-created wikis, the latter of which are no longer available.

What remains are the 1,685 guides which will continue to be sold both at Barnes & Noble's online store as digital downloads, and at brick-and-mortar stores as laminated paper reference guides. These range anywhere from $2.95 to $5.95 depending on what format they're in.

There's no word yet on whether the company will continue to invest in the creation of more guides, or if its user-generated how-to guides will once again be made available. For now, the only way to access them is through a Web cache like Google.

Barnes & Noble also continues to run in-house ads for the site on its online store, despite the change.

A Barnes & Noble representative could not be immediately reached for comment.

Barnes & Noble has shut the doors on its how-to Web site Quamut. What remains are digital and physical guides in its stores. CNET