Corporate Controller Allen Lindstrom Appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer as Barnes & Noble Launches Search for New CFO

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced that Joseph Lombardi, Chief Financial Officer, has resigned from his current position, but will remain a non-officer employee until mid-2012 to assist in the transition as the company undertakes an executive search for a new CFO. The company also announced the appointment of Allen Lindstrom, Vice President, Corporate Controller, to interim CFO until a replacement is named.

“Today the company is strategically and financially well positioned, due in large part to our leadership team and Joe Lombardi’s contributions during his tenure as CFO,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer. “He has played a key role especially during these last two years, as we’ve been successfully transforming our business, and scaling the massive opportunity NOOK® presents.” Mr. Lynch added, “We’ve built great bench strength and continuity in our finance department over the years, and everyone from the management team to the board of directors has the utmost confidence in Allen as he assumes the interim CFO position. We thank Joe for his service to the company and appreciate his assistance in the transition.”

“I could not be more proud of the nine years I’ve spent at Barnes & Noble working alongside an outstanding management team,” said Mr. Lombardi. “In the last two years alone, it has been exciting to see Barnes & Noble transform itself from a leading bookseller to a leading retailer of content and digital media. I look forward to assisting the company during this transition period until a new CFO is appointed.”

Mr. Lindstrom joined Barnes & Noble, Inc. in November 2007, as Vice President and Corporate Controller. He is also Principal Accounting Officer of the company. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Mr. Lindstrom was Chief Financial Officer at Liberty Travel.

ABOUT BARNES & NOBLE, INC.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 704 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 635 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 two 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.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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Contacts:

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, (212) 633-3323
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
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