World’s Largest Bookstore Introduces “Barnes & Noble Spotlight”

NOOKbooks™ by Bestselling Authors Available for Only 99 Cents

NEW YORK--()--Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced “Barnes & Noble Spotlight” (www.bn.com/spotlight), a monthly NOOKbook program that features great writers at irresistible prices. Through Spotlight, NOOK readers can discover new authors and dive into an exciting series for a wallet-friendly price. Each month, Barnes & Noble Spotlight will promote an author of a popular or breakout series; genres will vary by month. The first title in the series will be available as a NOOKbook for just 99 cents.

“We are thrilled to bring Barnes & Noble Spotlight to our NOOK customers. Spotlight promotes some of the most exciting authors writing today and readers will be introduced to well-loved characters as they discover and explore many popular series,” said Liz Scheier, editorial director of digital content at Barnes & Noble. “At just 99 cents, Spotlight is a great opportunity for all customers to give NOOKbooks a try. For less than it costs to buy a cup of coffee, readers can easily download titles and instantly begin to enjoy exciting characters and robust series written by fantastic authors.”

Barnes & Noble Spotlight launches this month with New York Times bestselling author and suspense superstar Faye Kellerman. Barnes & Noble’s NOOKbook store will offer The Ritual Bath, the first book in her mega-bestselling ‘Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus’ series, for only 99 cents for the month of December.

An amazingly fresh take on the police procedural, The Ritual Bath -- with its crisp characters and its deftly researched plot -- is the ideal introduction to a series that's been critically hailed. When a sickening crime strikes a Jewish community, L.A.P.D. Detective Peter Decker -- aided by the Orthodox Rina Lazarus -- will first need to learn the lore and laws of her people if he hopes to crack the case. Kellerman’s most recent title, Hangman, is the latest in her ‘Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus’ series and is also available in the Barnes & Noble NOOKbook store.

Each month, Spotlight will feature titles from a different genre including popular romance, young adult, fiction series and even cookbooks. Barnes & Noble Spotlight Online promotions include author videos, a Barnes & Noble Unbound blog and discussion, promotion via social media including the Barnes & Noble Twitter and Facebook pages. Customers who “like” Barnes & Noble on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nookBN) will be among the first to hear about the new collection every month.

NOOKbooks that are featured in Barnes & Noble Spotlight, along with two million other NOOKbooks, magazines and newspapers, can be purchased and read on the NOOK family of eBook Readers, including the newly introduced NOOKcolor™ and the award-winning NOOK™, and free NOOK software, available for iPad™, iPhone®, Android, Mac® and PC. The free NOOK apps are available to download at www.bn.com/freenookapps.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 717 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 633 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is the nation's top bookseller brand for the seventh year in a row, as determined by a combination of the brand's performance on familiarity, quality, and purchase intent; the top bookseller in quality for the second year in a row and the number two retailer in trust, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles, in its NOOKbook™ Store (www.bn.com/NOOKbooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can buy and read NOOKbooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eReaders, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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Contacts

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
or
Carolyn J. Brown, 212-633-4062
Corporate Communications
cbrown@bn.com

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Contacts

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
or
Carolyn J. Brown, 212-633-4062
Corporate Communications
cbrown@bn.com