Barnes & Noble & Its Customers Donate 1.5 Million Books to Thousands of Local Charities Through Holiday Book Drive Program

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionPDF versionPDF version10,000 Toys & Games Donated to Toys for Tots Foundation NEW YORK, NY – January 14, 2014 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), one of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that it collected and donated 1.5 million books to more than 2,000 local charities across the country that provide services to children during its 2013 Holiday Book Drive program. The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers and enthusiastic booksellers. The 2013 Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive invited customers to purchase books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2013, and January 1, 2014. Additionally, Barnes & Noble donated 10,000 toys and games to the Toys for Tots Foundation, which helped put smiles on many children's faces this past holiday season. The donation from the company included toys from Barnes & Noble and Sterling Publishing employees via holiday toy drives. “For more than 20 years, Barnes & Noble customers and employees have demonstrated their holiday spirit and support for children who are less fortunate through our Holiday Book Drive,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble.  “Thanks to the generosity of our customers, millions of books found their way into the hands of children through our relationships with local charities. The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive is a treasured tradition for everyone in our stores and a wonderful way for customers and booksellers to give the gift of reading to local children. We were equally thrilled to make even more children happy through our partnership with the Toys for Tots Foundation.” Community partners have already begun distributing the books collected by Barnes & Noble booksellers to schools, libraries and social service organizations. Local recipients include: The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Ronald McDonald House; Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center; Children’s Hospital of Oakland, CA; Santa’s Clearing House in Fairbanks, AK; First Book in St. Louis, MO; Make-a-Wish Foundation - Mid-Atlantic Chapter; Head Start of Greater Dallas; Hoboken Battered Women's Shelter in New Jersey; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; and hundreds of other deserving organizations. 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 673 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 695 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.

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