March Madness at NOOK®: Announcing Special Limited Time NOOK Book™ Deals to Coincide with the Tourna

March Madness at NOOK ® : Announcing Special Limited Time NOOK Book Deals to Coincide with the Tournament of Books

NOOK-Sponsored Tournament Features Bracket-Style Competition with Popular Books Going Head-to-Head Until One Is Crowned the Winner

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is offering a special limited time deal on select NOOK Books to coincide with the annual Tournament of Books. The competition, in which two works of fiction from 2012 go head to head each day, is run by The Morning News (www.themorningnews.org/tob), an online magazine of essays, art and humor. It features judges and publishing industry experts picking a winner each day until one book is crowned the champion. The Tournament of Books NOOK offer features discounted bestselling titles from competing authors and judges, including The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter, Ticknor by Sheila Heti and more, available in the NOOK Storestarting at just $2.99. The offer runs until Friday, March 29. For more information, customers can visit Bn.com/tournamentofbooks.


"We're excited to sponsor this year's Tournament of Books because it's an innovative way to help fans to interact and get excited about some of the best works of fiction from the previous year," said Jim Hilt, Vice President of eBooks at NOOK Media LLC. "Through our NOOK Book offer, we are generating more excitement about the tournament by offering customers many of the featured authors' and judges' books at even lower prices on NOOK devices and through NOOK.com."

"From the beginning, NOOK by Barnes & Noble was a natural fit for us as a presenting sponsor of the Tournament of Books," said Rosecrans Baldwin, co-founder of the Tournament of Books. "At the most basic level, the event celebrates discovering excellent new works of fiction. Barnes & Noble's passion for new literature, whether it's in the Barnes & Noble Review or the Discover Great New Writers program, seemed to just match with why we started the Tournament in the first place."

The tournament, now in its ninth year, starts out with 16 great works of fiction. Each day, two books go head to head with the winner decided by different judges within the publishing industry. Along the way, each judge reveals his or her biases and interests, any connections they have to the participating authors, and, most importantly, how they decided between the two books. Just like the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Tournament of Books throws up bracket-busting shocks and surprises. In the opening roundof this year's tournament, National Book Critics Circle award-winner Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain was taken out by A.M. Homes's May We Be Forgiven, while in the quarterfinal round, Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winner Bring Up the Bodies was knocked out by Sheila Heti's How Should a Person Be? - causing much debate among the tournament's ardent followers.

This year's tournament is now in its final days, and after two intense weeks of competition the "final four" are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which squares off with Chris Ware's Building Stories, and The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, which takes on Gillian Flynn's bestselling Gone Girl. The champion will be revealed on Friday, March 29, having been chosen in a vote cast by all of the judges involved in the competition. Fans can visit Bn.com/tournamentofbooks or TheMorningNews.org/tob on Friday to find out the winner of the 2013 Tournament of Books.

For information on the award-winning line of NOOK tablets and readers, customers can go to www.nook.com or visit the NOOK Digital Shops and displays in any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores. Barnes & Noble offers Always Free NOOK Support in all of its neighborhood bookstores, with more than 35,000 NOOKsellers across the country ready to assist customers with setting up their NOOK devices or choosing their next great read.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYS: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 677 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 678 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.

NOOK®, NOOK Store, NOOK Video, NOOK Video Apps are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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About NOOK Media LLC

NOOK reading and entertainment products make 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 the expansive NOOK Store of more than 3 million digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through free NOOK Reading Apps and NOOK Video apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom through www.nook.co.uk and leading retailers.

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