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Barnes & Noble College Leads Choice, Convenience and Savings for Students

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Savings Up to 60% on Digital, Rental and Used Textbooks</b> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <b>More than 4.5 Million Students Saved Nearly $250 Million Last Year</b> </p>

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Barnes & Noble College Leads Choice, Convenience and Savings for Students10:00 EDT Tuesday, August 14, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Barnes & Noble College, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS), is pleased to provide students heading back to campus for the new school year dramatic savings and convenience on new, used, rental and eTextbooks (both rental and purchase options) at its 647 Barnes & Noble College campus stores. Whether print or digital, in-store or online, choice, convenience and cost savings run deep with Barnes & Noble College's range of textbook options and study aids: Textbook Rentals. With major savings of more than 50 percent, rental textbooks are an increasingly popular option with students: fully 99% say they would rent again from their Barnes & Noble College campus store. Students may rent books either in the campus bookstore or from the bookstore's website, and have them prepackaged for pick-up when they arrive on campus, reducing the need to pay shipping costs or wait for their books to arrive in the mail. Used Books. Students who buy used textbooks save an immediate 25 percent, but their savings can jump to 75 percent if the books are being used for the upcoming semester and they sell them back to their Barnes & Noble College bookstore at the semester's end. eTextbooks in NOOK Study™ (www.nookstudy.com/college). Students can save up to 60% on the purchase or rental of eTextbooks and have instant access to more than 2.5 million eBooks and eTextbooks on this revolutionary free application designed to help students organize everything needed to study on their Mac or PC (and soon for the iPad). With NOOK Study, students can markup with highlights, take notes and bookmark digital content in a way that makes sense to them, and study more efficiently. Last year, the 4.5 million higher education students Barnes & Noble College campus stores serve saved nearly $250 million on textbook purchases and rentals. The company predicts that number to expand during the 2012-2013 academic year thanks to these savings opportunities. To learn more about the various textbook options available for students, visit your campus bookstore's website http://www.bncollege.com/college-partners/. Additionally, while higher education students are saving money at their Barnes & Noble College bookstore, they can also express their support for Habitat for Humanity thanks to Barnes & Noble College's partnership with the nonprofit organization. Barnes & Noble College will donate $125,000 this academic year in support of Habitat for Humanity's “Build a Future” program. The program is part of BUiLD, Habitat's movement to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. “Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to partner with Barnes & Noble College in the BUiLD campaign, encouraging higher education students to support affordable housing work nationwide,” said Lysa Ratliff, Senior Director of Corporate and Cause Partnerships for Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful for the support of Barnes & Noble College and all the participating students.” The donation includes $25,000 for a unique social sharing campaign that enables students to share their support of Barnes & Noble College's philanthropic campaign on their campus bookstores' Facebook pages. In addition, by sharing their support of this initiative, students also have an opportunity to raise $1,000 for their local Habitat for Humanity chapter. For more information on Barnes & Noble College's efforts to support Habitat for Humanity through the Build a Future program, visit yourschoolyourbookstore.com. “We are always focused on ways to save students money and to create innovative tools to make their studying more efficient, such as our eReading and studying application, NOOK Study,” said Jade Roth, Vice President of Books and Digital Strategy at Barnes & Noble College. “We also share students' desire to support causes and organizations that promote the greater good, and we're excited to stand beside our students and build a better future with our communities through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity.” About Barnes & Noble, Inc.Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, operates 691 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 647 campus stores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States (www.bncollege.com). Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than 2.5 million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble's NOOK® eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition). General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com. NOOK®, NOOK Tablet™, NOOK Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™ , NOOK Simple Touch™, NOOK Color™, Reader's Tablet™, Best-Text™ Technology, VividView™, PagePerfect™, NOOK Store™, NOOK Bookstore™, NOOK Book™, NOOK Newsstand™, NOOK Magazine™, NOOK Newspaper™, NOOK Apps™, FREE NOOK Reading Apps™, NOOK Kids™, NOOK Digital Shop™, NOOK Cloud™, NOOK® for Web, Read In Store™, More In Store™, LendMe®, NOOK Books en español™, NOOK Study™, NOOK Library™, Lifetime Library™ and Read What You Love. Anywhere You Like™ are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners. Follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter (www.bn.com/twitter), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/bnstudio). About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble's NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. NOOK Tablet™ is Barnes & Noble's fastest, lightest tablet with the best in entertainment from top services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($199 for NOOK Tablet – 8GB, and $249 for NOOK Tablet – 16GB). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color™ ($169) feature a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via e-mail, browse the Web and more. NOOK Simple Touch™ ($99) is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world's best reading screen and the longest battery life and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight™ ($139) features patent-pending lighting technology that makes it perfect for reading at bedtime and on the beach. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its nearly 700 bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store™ feature to read NOOK Books™ for free, and the More In Store™ program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Office Depot, Fry's Electronics, Kmart, hhgregg, Sears and Systemax Inc. retailers. In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its Free NOOK Reading Apps™, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble's free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study™ (www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids™ (www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en español™ (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States. For more information on NOOK devices and eReading software, updates, new NOOK Book releases, Free Friday™ NOOK Books and more, follow us on www.twitter.com/nookBN and www.facebook.com/nook Barnes & Noble, Inc.Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323Corporate Communicationsmkeating@bn.comorCarolyn J. Brown, 212-633-4062Corporate Communicationscbrown@bn.com