NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced that its nearly 700 stores will host informative events on digital education and offer educators an additional discount on classroom and personal purchases during January Educator Appreciation Days, January 12-20, 2013.
Educators who shop at Barnes & Noble during Educator Appreciation Days will receive:
- A 25% discount on personal and classroom purchases;
- A 10% discount on DVDs and music;
- A chance to win either a NOOK Tablet or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card (one educator per region); and
- Huge discounts on products marked down for post-holiday clearance.
As part of the Educator Appreciation Days celebration, Barnes & Noble stores will host special workshops for classroom teachers, librarians and other specialized educators focusing on “The Digital Classroom: Growing a New Generation of Learners” and techniques educators can use to secure grants from government agencies and non-profit organizations. Events will highlight the creative ways educators are using NOOK in the classroom, from younger students using apps to practice and develop basic skills to high school AP English students doing advanced web research to enhance their understanding of great works of literature and for project based learning.
“Our stores have always been the go-to place for educators looking for the best selection of books for their classrooms and libraries -- and for themselves,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “Now we offer them everything they need in one location -- from professional development titles to educational toys and games to digital devices,” she continued. “Educators have embraced our NOOK devices from the beginning, because we’re a trusted retail partner. We provide them with free training, technical support, eBook purchasing recommendations, a managed account system and the ability to pay for NOOKs and eBooks with a purchase order.”
Educators across the country are choosing NOOK eReaders and Tablets as a cost-effective solution to their digital education needs. “Our NOOK HD devices are ideal for school use,” DiFrancesco said. “They’re comparable to their pricey rivals and give educators access to millions of quality eBooks and a curated catalogue of apps.”
Stores also will highlight the 2013 My Favorite Teacher Contest at their January Educator events. The contest provides middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers by writing an essay, poem or letter about them.
Stores honor their local winner at a spring event in their store. Each local winner is entered into the regional contest, where five winners receive a NOOK® HD and a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card. From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year.” Barnes & Noble also donates $5,000 to the winning teacher’s school.
Educators are encouraged to visit the bn.com Store Locator (http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com) to find a Barnes & Noble location near them.
* Exclusions can be found in the Educator Program Terms and Conditions available at www.bn.com/bn-at-school. Educators must present a valid Barnes & Noble Educators Discount Card to receive the discounts. See any bookseller for details.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 689 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 674 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. 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.