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Barnes & Noble's Critically Acclaimed NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+ Now Available at Walmart

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, and Walmart today announced that the recently launched and critically acclaimed NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, and related accessories, are now available at all Walmart stores nationwide and online at Walmart.com. Starting at just $199 for the 7-inch NOOK HD and $269 for NOOK HD+, these devices are a terrific, affordable gift for anyone on the gift list this holiday season.

“Our two new tablets offer the best quality reading and entertainment experiences, at the best price, and we're excited to bring NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ to Walmart customers in-store and online,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at NOOK Media LLC. “We invite Walmart customers to explore these stunning tablets so they can discover that with NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, every book read, every movie watched and every game played is rendered in a digital quality never before seen and unmatched by other tablets.”

“As demand for tablets continues to grow, we are working hard to ensure the latest technology is in our store at a great low price,” said Seong Ohm, Senior Vice President and General Merchandising Manager of Entertainment for Walmart U.S. “The NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are feature-packed, quality products that will make learning, playing and watching more enjoyable for the whole family.”

With the highest resolution 7-inch display, reading and entertainment content looks better than ever on NOOK HD. At only 11.1 ounces (315 grams) and just 5-inches wide, NOOK HD fits beautifully in the hand so customers will want to take it everywhere. The world's most exceptional 7-inch reading and entertainment tablet is available at Walmart in the color “Smoke,” starting at just $199.

For those who want to enjoy reading and entertainment on a larger scale, NOOK HD+ offers a must-see full HD 9-inch display for up to 1080p for movies, magazines and more. The fully laminated display reduces glare and provides excellent viewing angles, perfect for personal or shared viewing. At only 18.2 ounces (515 grams), NOOK HD+ is the lightest full HD tablet ever invented. Offered in the color “Slate,” and featuring great battery life and expandable memory for even more storage, NOOK HD+ is available starting at just $269.

Both NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ offer a range of new features, including NOOK Profiles, a personalized experience that instantly transforms the device in hand to any family member's very own tablet so only you can see your content; NOOK Video, which brings favorite standard and HD movies and TV shows to customers for rental or purchase; and NOOK Catalog, a convenient browsing and shopping experience through a selection of colorful, complimentary catalogs from leading retailers including Pottery Barn and L.L. Bean.

For more information on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, customers can visit www.nook.com or visit the NOOK Digital Shops and displays in any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores nationwide.

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.

Follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter (www.bn.com/twitter), Facebook (www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/barnesandnoble).

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 through www.nook.co.uk and leading retailers.

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

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members visit our 10,400 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com
or
Carolyn J. Brown
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-4062
cbrown@bn.com

 

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