Barnes & Noble’s Best-In-Class NOOKnewsstand™ Delivers Richest Periodical Offering and Experience, Achieves Blockbuster Sales
NOOKnewsstand Exceeds 650,000 Digital Periodical Subscriptions and
Single Copy Sales Driven by NOOKcolor™ Customers in First Two Months
Company Offers Exciting Array of Over 120 Periodical Titles Including
the Fastest-Growing Digital Collection of Full-Color Magazines
New York, New York – – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, is experiencing robust NOOKnewsstand (www.NOOKnewsstand.com) sales since it brought touch and full, rich color to a wide array of digital magazines and leading newspapers when it began shipping NOOKcolor, the first full-color touch Reader’s Tablet. The company announced digital periodical sales are exceeding expectations with more than 650,000 total subscriptions and single copy sales driven by NOOKcolor customers reading interactive versions of all of their favorite newspapers and magazines, along with books and children’s books. With a dozen new titles, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Guitar World and Consumer Reports ShopSmart;) added within the last month, NOOKnewsstand now features more than 120 top magazine and newspaper brands and offers the fastest-growing catalog of interactive, full-color magazines with something for every NOOKcolor customer.
Designed for people who love to read everything – books, magazines, newspapers and children’s books – in rich, beautiful color, the award-winning NOOKcolor was the company’s best-selling holiday gift. Since Christmas Day, customers, hungry not only for new books, but also periodicals, have already ordered 150% more subscriptions than the total number sold over the entire previous 12 months. And sales continue to be very strong as NOOKcolor customers experience and enjoy the expansive NOOKnewsstand offering on the device’s stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen.
“We are excited to offer a wide array of top periodicals and have seen explosive growth in NOOKnewsstand sales since the launch of NOOKcolor. Our customers clearly enjoy reading digital versions of their favorite magazines in rich, beautiful color, along with their daily newspapers, with the convenience of subscription or single issue purchases,” said Jonathan Shar, Vice President and General Manager of digital newsstand at Barnes & Noble. “We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our content partners as well and will continue to build upon our vast collection of periodicals and incorporate even more interactivity for NOOKcolor customers this year.”
Among the NOOKnewsstand magazine best-sellers are: Us Weekly, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Maxim, Star, O, the Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Women’s Health and Shape. The top newspapers include USA TODAY, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
With nearly 100 magazine titles and growing, Barnes & Noble offers a wide variety covering home, fashion and beauty, travel, parenting, health, food, celebrities, business, general news and more. Among the NOOKmagazines™ also offered are Glamour, Elle, Men’s Health, Martha Stewart Living, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Businessweek, House Beautiful, Family Circle, Popular Science, Runner’s World and many more. All magazines are in full-color and are an enhanced version of the print edition, featuring a universal, easy-to-use reading experience including Barnes & Noble’s exclusive ArticleView™ which puts the focus on the content, customized to your favorite reading style.
Customers with NOOKcolor and NOOK devices can also enjoy a wide range of top newspapers, delivered automatically each morning (or when the issue is published) via subscription, or through single copy purchases. The selection of NOOKnewspapers™ also includes The Financial Times, and major dailies such as Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe.
Experience the wide variety of rich, colorful periodicals available for NOOKcolor today at www.NOOKnewsstand.com, www.NOOKcolor.com or at the NOOK Boutiques and displays in one of Barnes & Noble’s more than 700 bookstores (http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com).
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 717 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 637 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is the nation’s top bookseller brand for the seventh year in a row, as determined by a combination of the brand’s performance on familiarity, quality, and purchase intent; the top bookseller in quality for the second year in a row and the number two retailer in trust, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can buy and read eBooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eBook Readers, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.
About NOOK™ from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble’s NOOK brand of eReading products makes 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 Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOKbook™ Store of more than two million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. NOOK products are the most full-featured, dedicated eReading devices on the market. NOOKcolor ($249), the first full-color touch Reader’s Tablet, provides the ultimate reading experience with a stunning 7-inch VividView(TM) Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love. For book lovers, NOOK 3G ($199) and NOOK Wi-Fi® ($149) offer a paper-like reading experience with a color touch screen for navigation. In Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK owners can access free Wi-Fi connectivity, enjoy the Read In Store™ feature to read NOOKbooks for free, and the More In Store™ program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe™ technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.NOOK.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million.
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