Barnes & Noble Customers Donate More Than 1.6 Million Books to Children in Need Through the Holiday Book Drive

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Increase of Nearly 100,000 Books on Last Year’s Total

NEW YORK, NY – January 10, 2017 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that it collected more than 1.6 million books during its 2016 Holiday Book Drive program. The books are being donated to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to children. This year’s total surpasses the 2015 donation by nearly 100,000 books.

The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers, who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017. Community partners have already begun distributing the books collected to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service organizations.

“The annual Holiday Book Drive is one of our most important annual initiatives and this year our customers got behind it in a big way by donating 1.6 million books,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We want to thank our customers for their amazing generosity, and let them know that these donations will have a real impact on their communities, and will be put in the hands of children who otherwise may not have had access to books.”

Local recipients from the Holiday Book Drive include: Toys for Tots; Children’s Aid Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; Salvation Army; First Book; children’s hospitals from around the country; Reach Out & Read; Ronald McDonald House; Head Start; United Way; various school districts, schools and public libraries; and hundreds of other deserving organizations.

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