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

  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

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- March 27, 2013

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
(, 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 Achillesby Madeline Miller, The Financial Lives of the
Poets by Jess Walter, Ticknor by Sheila Heti and more, available in the NOOK
Store^™ ^ starting at just $2.99. The offer runs until Friday, March 29. For
more information, customers can visit

“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”

"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 round  of 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 or 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 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. (NYSE: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, ( 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™ (, 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 & 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:

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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 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, as well as leading retailers including Best
Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the
United Kingdom retailers.

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