Barnes & Noble Customers Donate More Than 1.6 Million Books to Children in Need Through the Holiday Book Drive

Increase of Nearly 100,000 Books on Last Year’s Total

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail
bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and
educational products, today announced that it collected more than 1.6
million books during its 2016 Holiday Book Drive program. The books are
being donated to more than 650 local charities across the country that
provide services to children. This year’s total surpasses the 2015
donation by nearly 100,000 books.

The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes &
Noble customers, who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble
bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017.
Community partners have already begun distributing the books collected
to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service

“The annual Holiday Book Drive is one of our most important annual
initiatives and this year our customers got behind it in a big way by
donating 1.6 million books,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of
Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We want to thank our customers
for their amazing generosity, and let them know that these donations
will have a real impact on their communities, and will be put in the
hands of children who otherwise may not have had access to books.”

Local recipients from the Holiday Book Drive include: Toys for Tots;
Children’s Aid Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; Salvation
Army; First Book; children’s hospitals from around the country; Reach
Out & Read; Ronald McDonald House; Head Start; United Way; various
school districts, schools and public libraries; and hundreds of other
deserving organizations.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s
largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products. The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble
bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (
The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK®
tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and
entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store
features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (,
plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content
across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps
available for Android, iOS® and Windows®.

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