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Barnes & Noble Announces Exclusive Offer: Customers in Canada Get Free NOOK Books® and Magazines with Download of NOOK App for Windows 8.1

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a limited time free eBook and magazine offer through the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 in Canada. The perfect way to experience all that NOOK for Windows 8.1 has to offer, customers who download the app will receive five free popular books and two free top magazines. The list features bestselling titles Zagreb Cowboy by Allen Mattich, Murder in a Cold Climate by Scott Young, Détrousseur de vie Tome 1 by Jasmin Girard, Bête Noire by Gilles Royal and the Classic Tales of Science Fiction eBook bundle, along with current issues of top selling magazines House & Home and Reader’s Digest Canada.

“By providing bestselling eBooks and top magazines for free, new NOOK customers in Canada can start their digital libraries with some great content from the NOOK Store®, helping them to experience our unmatched reading platform,” said Colin Eustace, General Manager, Barnes & Noble S.à.r.l. “The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 provides innovative features and a robust catalog of local and international content, and customers in Canada can download it now in the Windows Store and start reading today.”

“The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 is a must-have app for every book lover; the easy-to-use interface and seamless shopping-to-reading experience really demonstrate the unique capabilities of Windows 8 across a broad range of devices,” said Henrik Gutle, Director of Windows and Surface Business Group, Microsoft Canada. “Readers never have to be without their favourite books – they can enjoy a wide selection of eBooks and magazines across all of their Windows phones, tablets and PCs.”

Barnes & Noble has launched the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 for Windows 8.1 PC and tablet customers in 32 countries and in 12 languages through the Windows Store. The free app combines NOOK’s award-winning reading experience with shopping directly from the app, so customers from 32 countries around the globe can discover, explore and read a growing and diverse selection of books, magazines, newspapers and comics from any Windows 8.1 tablet or PC. For the full list of countries and for more information, visit www.nook.com/windows/countries. To get started, customers can sign in with a Microsoft account to seamlessly shop and read without having to set up an additional account, providing a dramatically simplified reading and shopping experience.

The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 Offers the Following Great Features:

A Growing and Diverse Digital Catalog: The fully integrated NOOK Store offers NOOK for Windows 8.1 customers access to a growing and diverse content collection with both local and international titles featuring:

  • Bestsellers, new releases, classics and more available in 32 countries in 21 languages, with highly customised local market content offerings in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.
  • A large collection of the top international bestselling magazines available for both digital subscriptions and single copy sale, plus a large selection of leading daily and weekly newspapers.
  • A large and growing collection of full-color comics, graphic novels and kids’ comics.

Avid readers can sample NOOK Books for free and download content quickly without ever leaving the NOOK App for Windows 8.1.

Easy to Use Interface: Offering intuitive digital reading and content discovery, the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 is designed for visual content discovery and infinite scrolling of content on a wide range of Windows 8.1 tablets using the fast and fluid Windows 8 touch experience. The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 also provides enhanced search-based discoverability from anywhere in the app, as well as a new library organisation feature that automatically organises newspapers and magazines into stacks, along with integrated library and shop search access. Customers can also import ePub and PDF files from “My PC” & OneDrive, with imported files appearing in the NOOK Library.

Seamless Shopping and Reading: Elevating the shopping experience to new digital heights, customers using the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 can browse books, magazines, newspapers and comics through NOOK’s leading digital content catalog, learn more about the title (including details and reviews) right from within the app, and tap to purchase and begin reading in seconds. Our unique NOOK Channels experience will bring the most personalised set of books based on customer interest, like having your favourite bookstore at your fingertips. And because the shopping experience is integrated into the app, there’s no need to launch an external browser or visit a Web page to complete a purchase or download the purchased content.

Updates Streamed Instantly to the Start Screen: The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 features live tile integration that delivers updates on the device’s Start screen, including the customer’s current read, progress within a book or magazine, latest periodicals or pre-ordered titles recently delivered to customers’ NOOK Library, and more.

Access Reading Content Anywhere: Like all Free NOOK Reading Apps, purchased content is safely stored in the NOOK Cloud, making it easy for customers to access digital books, magazines and more wherever they go. Using NOOK Synctechnology, the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 automatically syncs a customer’s last page read across all of their Windows 8.1 devices. Start reading a magazine on a Windows PC and seamlessly dive back in on a Windows tablet to keep reading virtually anytime, anywhere – all without losing the page.

The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 is now available to download for free in the Windows Store on all Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets in supported countries. Customers can learn more about the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 in their country at www.nook.com/windows/countries.

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 661 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 700 bookstores serving over five million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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 (US) and 3 million (UK) 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 at leading retailers; NOOK content can be purchased at www.nook.co.uk.

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