Barnes & Noble and NOOK® Announce Best Books of 2012

  Barnes & Noble and NOOK® Announce Best Books of 2012

  List Features the Best Books and eBooks of the Year As Picked by Barnes &
                             Noble’s Booksellers

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 12, 2012

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products, today announced its selections for the Best
Books of 2012. The company’s booksellers have selected from customer favorites
and personal recommendations their choices for the best books and eBooks of
the year in Fiction, Nonfiction, Teens and Kids. The entire collection can be
found at www.bn.com/bestof and also features a special list of the year’s best
eBook only titles. Booksellers also went beyond traditional categories to
select some quirky, beautiful and different favorites from the past year, with
a focus on books with stunning visual appeal and unique subject matter.

The Fiction list is led by the moving novel The Light Between Oceans by M. L.
Steadman, which is also a Barnes & Noble Recommends (www.bn.com/recommends)
pick, Gillian Flynn’s thrilling runaway bestseller Gone Girl, and the Man
Booker Prize-winning Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. This year’s best
Nonfiction includes the Discover Great New Writers selection and National Book
Award winner Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, The Last Lion:
Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by
William Manchester and Paul Reid, and Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Are You
My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

The best books and eBooks for Teens this year include John Green’s The Fault
in Our Stars and the culmination of Ally Condie’s inventive Matched Trilogy,
Reached. Among the best books for Kids in 2012 are William Joyce’s visual
delight The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and Rick Riordan’s
gripping The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus Series #3).

Barnes & Noble’s best NOOK Book^™ Originals of the year include Jon Katz’s The
Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher tale Deep Down and
Rhys Bowen’s Masked Ball at Broxley Manor. Among the books selected as the
best “Quirky, Beautiful, Different” reads are Chris Ware’s majestic box-set
graphic novel Building Stories, Jordan Matters’ Dancers Among Us: A
Celebration of Joy in the Everyday, and Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine at
Home.

The entire collection of the best books and eBooks of 2012 is available at
www.bn.com/bestof. In addition, the editors of the Barnes & Noble Review
(www.bn.com/review) have also selected their favorites from among the books
covered by the Review in 2012, including Zadie Smith’s NW, Ben Fountain’s
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Caleb Scharf’s Gravity’s Engines, Alex
Danchev’s Cezanne: A Life, and Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman.

To browse these great reads and all of the hottest holiday books visit any of
Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores nationwide or go to www.nook.com to
experience these titles as eBooks on the award-winning NOOK line of devices,
which includes the recently-announced and critically acclaimed NOOK^® HD and
NOOK^® HD+. Barnes & Noble offers Always Free NOOK Support in all of its
neighborhood bookstores, with more than 35,000 booksellers 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. (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.

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 throughwww.nook.co.ukandleading retailers.

For more information on NOOK, follow us on www.twitter.com/nookBN or
www.twitter.com/nook_UK and www.facebook.com/nook.

Contact:

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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