Barnes & Nobles Adds Two More UK Retail Partners

Hot on the heels of adding major UK electronics retailers PC World and Curry’s, Barnes & Noble has added two more UK retail partners today, supermarket chain Waitrose and retailer Sainsbury’s.

[Press Release]

Barnes & Noble Partners with Waitrose to Offer Award-Winning NOOK® Products

Leading UK Supermarket to Offer NOOK Reading Experience and Products to Millions of Customers Across the Country in Shops and Online this Autumn

New York, New York – September 25, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a partnership with the major United Kingdom (UK) supermarket chain Waitrose. Through this partnership, the award-winning NOOK reading experience and digital products will be offered to Waitrose customers in selected stores across the UK.

“We have enormous respect for Waitrose as great established company in the UK and think it is a perfect brand fit for NOOK,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. “We look forward to joining forces with them to bring our award winning eReading and tablet products to their millions of discerning customers.”

Waitrose will be featuring the NOOK portfolio of products including the award-winning NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight.

As part of the John Lewis partnership, Waitrose will bring NOOK to selected branches in the UK.

Brent Collins, Buyer, Electricals of Waitrose said: “We believe our customers will love NOOK products due to their adaptability, design and content.”

Barnes & Noble’s partnerships with Waitrose is another demonstration of the bookseller’s commitment to offer the best choice in reading and tablet products and outstanding customer service for UK consumers. It will expand the expected number of UK retail outlets to nearly 2,000, and include various leading online retail platforms offering NOOK products and the company’s soon to launch online storefront, www.nook.co.uk.

The award-winning NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight devices will be available online and to experience first-hand in-store in early October. Further product pricing and availability details will be announced in the coming weeks. Commercial terms of the partnership have not been disclosed.

Barnes & Noble primarily conducts its commercial European operations In Luxembourg through its Luxembourg entity Barnes & Noble S.à r.l.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, operates 689 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 667 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than 2.5 million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK® eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associated 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).

 

[Press Release]

Barnes & Noble Partners with Sainsbury’s to Offer Award-Winning NOOK® Products

Leading UK Retailer Will Offer NOOK As Exclusive Reading Devices to Millions of Customers

New York, New York – September 25, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. today announced a partnership with Sainsbury’s to bring the award-winning NOOK reading experience and digital products as the exclusive eReader to over 270 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK and online.

“Barnes & Noble is committed to delivering the popular NOOK reading experience to the UK, beginning this autumn,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. “We’re proud to have NOOK in Sainsbury’s portfolio, and to showcase our award-winning products with one of the UK’s most trusted retailers.”

Sainsbury’s New Technology Buyer, Lindsay Evans commented: “We aim to offer our customers new and exciting products. The NOOK provides avid readers with a portable, easy way to consume literature. General merchandise represents a significant part of our business’ growth and it was critically important to us we found a device partner who understands the specific needs of our customers. The NOOK’s high quality and intuitive features make it perfect for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Barnes & Noble partnership with Sainsbury’s is another demonstration of the bookseller’s commitment to offer the best choice in reading and tablet products, and outstanding customer service for UK consumers. The Sainsbury’s commitment to their community and customers make them a great partner in bringing new reading experiences to customers throughout the UK.

Barnes & Noble is a leader in creating innovative products that provide the best digital reading and entertainment experience for millions of customers today. The company is on track to offer two of its most popular products through leading UK retailers starting this autumn, in time for the holiday shopping season: the award-winning NOOK Simple Touch, the lightweight, easiest-to-use Reader with extra-long battery life and a paper-like display, and NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight, which adds an evenly distributed and adjustable light that’s perfect for reading in the dark.

Further product, pricing and availability details will be announced in the coming weeks. Commercial terms of the partnership have not been disclosed.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, operates 689 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 667 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than 2.5 million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK® eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associated 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).

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