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Barnes & Noble, Inc. operates as a content, commerce, and technology company. The company provides access to trade books, textbooks, magazines, newspapers and other content across its multi-channel distribution platform. The company’s principal business is the sale of trade books (generally hardcover and paperback consumer titles), mass market paperbacks (such as mystery, romance, science fiction and other popular fiction), children’s books, eBooks and other digital content, textbooks and course-related materials, NOOK and related accessories, bargain books, magazines, gifts, emblematic apparel and gifts, school and dorm supplies, cafe products and services, educational toys & games, music and movies direct to customers through its bookstores or on barnesandnoble.com. The company offers its customers a suite of textbook options—new, used, digital and rental. Strategy The company’s strategy is to utilize the Barnes & Noble brand and retail footprint to attract customers to its multi-channel platform; expand its distribution channels through strategic partnerships with world-class hardware and software companies and retail partners; drive content sales through the Web, NOOK Readers and 3rd party devices; use its infrastructure to deliver digital content to customers; and continue to grow campus partnerships, including store locations and students served while continuing its investment in the digital higher education business. Segments The company has three segments: Barnes & Noble Retail (B&N Retail); Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC (B&N College); and NOOK. B&N Retail This segment included 661 bookstores as of May 3, 2014, primarily under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers trade name. These stores generally offer a NOOK area, a trade book title base, a cafe, and departments to Juvenile, Toys & Games, DVDs, Music, Gift, Magazine and Bargain products. The stores also offer a calendar of ongoing events, including author appearances and children’s activities. The B&N Retail segment also includes the company’s eCommerce Website, barnesandnoble.com, and its publishing operation, Sterling Publishing. Barnes & Noble stores range in size from 3,000 to 60,000 square feet depending upon market size, with an overall average store size of 26,000 square feet. As of May 3, 2014, Barnes & Noble had stores in 161 of the total 210 Designated Market Area markets. The company is utilizing its traditional retail bookstores to promote NOOK via NOOK counters, NOOK Boutiques, and NOOK Digital Shops within the bookstores. These areas provide customers the ability to see, feel, and experiment with NOOK, speak to knowledgeable booksellers, and receive pre- and post-sales customer support. The company offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in all of its retail bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store feature to read NOOK Books for free, and the More In Store program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. These acclaimed devices, which provide a fun, and immersive reading experience, include NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ and NOOK GlowLight. NOOK expanded its extensive catalog of reading and entertainment with Google Play on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+. Through ITS NOOK in Education program, the retail bookstores provide support and service to schools and educators who deploy NOOK in their classrooms. The company’s DVD and BluRay selection focuses on movies, documentaries, episodic and British TV shows and foreign films. The music selection is tailored to the tastes of the company’s customers, centering on classical music, jazz, pop rock, and show tunes. The Barnes & Noble Kids’ Club Program offers free rewards and special offers to participants and invites children to celebrate their birthday within the retail bookstores. The company’s retail bookstores host various national and local events which feature the many products and services it offers. Each store plans its own community-based calendar of events, including author appearances, children’s storytimes, poetry readings and book discussion groups. In addition, the company hosts various national campaigns such as its educ

 

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