Barnes & Noble Announces Google Play™ on NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+

  Barnes & Noble Announces Google Play™ on NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+

 The Best in Reading and Now Over 700,000 Android Apps and Games, Millions of
 Songs, Movies, TV Shows and More, Plus Chrome^™, Gmail^™, YouTube^™, Google
         Search^™ and Google Maps^™ on Stunning 7- and 9-inch Tablets

Business Wire

NEW YORK & LONDON -- May 03, 2013

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading
retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced
it is expanding its extensive catalogue of reading and entertainment content
with the addition of the Google Play digital content experience on its
acclaimed NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ devices. With Google Play on NOOK HD and NOOK
HD+, customers will now have access to more than 700,000 Android apps and
games, millions of songs and more. Barnes & Noble’s highly acclaimed
lightweight high-definition 7- and 9-inch tablets will also include popular
Google services like the Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search and
Google Maps.

Barnes & Noble Announces Google Play(TM) on NOOK(R) HD and NOOK(R) HD+ (Photo:
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Barnes & Noble Announces Google Play(TM) on NOOK(R) HD and NOOK(R) HD+ (Photo:
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“By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our customers
even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets,” said William
Lynch, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble. “Now with access to more
than 700,000 apps and the best reading experience available, both are must-see
products for entertainment lovers looking for high-quality tablets at
incredibly low prices.”

For a limited time only, as part of NOOK’s involvement in the “Get London
Reading” literacy initiative, NOOK HD is available starting at just £129 (down
from £159), with the NOOK HD+ starting at only £179 (down from £229). NOOK
products are available in John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Dixons, Sainsbury,
Waitrose, Blackwell’s and Foyles and also through

Google Play and the other Google services will be available to all new and
existing NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ customers in the UK at no cost through an
automatic over-the-air update that will roll out to all devices connected to
Wi-Fi, beginning today. Customers who would like to enjoy this major new
software update immediately can learn more at

NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Features

More than 700,000 Android Apps and Games:  Choose from more than 700,000 great
apps including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Temple Run, ESPN, TED, Netflix
and so many more, all ready to enjoy right away. The NOOK Store^™ continues to
feature a wide selection of thousands of high-quality NOOK Apps^™ tailored for
the devices, including the highest-quality educational apps for children up to
the age of 12, all organised by subject area and easily searchable.

Millions of songs:  The addition of Google Play Music allows customers to
browse millions of songs, discover new artists and fill NOOK HD and NOOK HD+
with favourite tracks to enjoy anytime. Google Play also lets people store
20,000 songs from their personal collection in the cloud for free and stream
them to their NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ and other devices.

Favourite Movies: Choose from thousands of movies including new releases and
award-winning films Stream movies to watch instantly on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+
or make them available offline to watch later, even when not connected to

The Very Best in Reading: The NOOK Store offers millions of books and
magazines to choose from. Sample any book free or choose one of the free
titles. Barnes & Noble offers thousands of best-selling magazines and
newspapers from around the world, all in spectacular HD and delivered right to
NOOK as soon as they come out. Enjoy free 14-day trials on any newsstand title
and get expert recommendations on what to read next from the reading
specialists at NOOK through NOOK Channels^™.

Faster Web Browsing with Chrome: As Web browsing continues to be among the
most popular tablet activities, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ now feature the Chrome
browser ^ for fast start-up and page loading and an unlimited number of tabs
open at once. Customers can even sync bookmarks across any device with Chrome.

Google Search^™, Gmail^™, YouTube^™ and Google Maps^™: Customers will have
instant access to Google Search, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps, now built in
to NOOK HD or NOOK HD+. Sync calendars across multiple devices and check email
from any account including Exchange, Yahoo! and Hotmail.

Additional great tablet features include:

  *Stunning HD Displays: Crisp text and beautiful graphics make books and
    magazines stunning to read. With NOOK HD’s highest resolution of any
    7-inch HD tablet and Full HD at 1080p on NOOK HD+, videos and games look
    life-like from any angle, with rich colour, deep contrast and minimal
  *Light and Portable: Weighing in at only 315g, NOOK HD was designed to fit
    naturally in an adult or child’s hand for hours of enjoyment. And at just
    515g, NOOK HD+ is the lightest tablet of its kind – more than 20 percent
    lighter than iPad 3 – making it the perfect companion for movie watching,
    long reads, Sunday crosswords or favourite games.
  *NOOK Profiles^™: A personalised experience instantly transforms the device
    in hand to any family member’s very own tablet so only they can see their
    own content.
  *NOOK Channels^™: This pioneering recommendation system provides an easy
    way to discover new titles by theme.
  *The ability to sync the last page read on any NOOK Book across NOOK
    devices and apps so customers don’t lose their place.
  *Expandable memory on the devices and free unlimited NOOK Cloud^™ storage
    for all NOOK content. Powerful dual-core processors and built-in Wi-Fi and

The NOOK Store offers more than 2.5 million titles in the UK, including more
than 1 million free titles. For more information on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, or
any of NOOK’s innovative products and devices, visit

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 one
of only 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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& Noble, Inc. and its affiliates. 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 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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Mary Ellen Keating
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
Carolyn J. Brown
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-4062
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