Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. Barnes & Noble provides customers easy and convenient access to books, magazines, newspapers and other content across its multi-channel distribution platform. To address dynamic changes in the bookselling industry, Barnes & Noble has been transforming its business from a store-based model to a multi-channel model centered on its retail stores, Internet and digital commerce. The Company offers readers the option of store visits, eCommerce, and digital delivery of books to devices of their choosing, including the award-winning NOOK® tablets and eReaders.
Barnes & Noble pioneered the concept of the book superstore, combining vast inventory selection in books, music, DVD and magazines with comfortable ambiance. Our cafés and local marketing programs have made our bookstores anchors in their communities and great places to spend leisure time. As of January 31, 2015, the Company operated 649 retail bookstores in regional shopping malls, major strip centers and freestanding locations in 50 states.
In 2009, the Company entered the eBook market and launched its NOOK brand of eReading products. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store® of more than 4 million digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows. In addition to NOOK devices, the Company makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its Free NOOK Reading Apps™. Customers can use Barnes & Noble’s eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on many third-party devices.
Barnes & Noble College is one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States. B&N College’s customer base, which is mainly comprised of students and faculty, can purchase various items from their campus stores, including textbooks and course-related materials, emblematic apparel and gifts, trade books and school and dorm supplies, among other items. B&N College provides a significant number of textbooks in multiple formats, including: new, used, rental and digital (rental and ownership), resulting in improved choice and substantial student savings. As of January 31, 2015, B&N College operated 717 stores nationwide.
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