Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Birds & Noble’s Angry Birds Day will be landing in neighborhood bookstores nationwide on December 11. As an official U.S. partner for Angry Birds’ second birthday, Barnes & Noble is bringing “fowl play” to its more than 700 bookstores by hosting the first-ever Birds & Noble Scavenger Hunt. Customers can search the stores once each hour between the hours of 11am – 3pm for special hidden Mighty Eagle tokens, and become eligible to win a grand prize Angry Birds t-shirt. Along with the Birds & Noble Scavenger Hunt, customers can visit Barnes & Noble stores for other select activities, including coloring or high score contests, design your own Angry Birds character, Angry Birds Parades and guessing games.
“We are thrilled that Rovio has chosen Barnes & Noble as an official U.S. Angry Birds partner, and are excited to celebrate the Angry Birds’ second birthday on December 11 with a range of exclusive in-store activities,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble. “Angry Birds is one of our bestselling NOOK Apps, and we are proud to offer customers the full collection of Angry Birds games optimized for NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color.”
“By partnering with Barnes & Noble, we’re offering a fantastic real-life Angry Birds experience, and look forward to celebrating the game’s second birthday with even more real-world enhancements,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle and Chief Marketing Officer at Rovio. “Our game takes flight on NOOK devices, and we’re proud to team with Barnes & Noble to give our passionate fans a place to celebrate this fun occasion.”
In addition to offering a variety of Angry Birds games, including Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, Barnes & Noble blends digital with fun physical elements for gaming fanatics, offering the most comprehensive selection of Angry Birds merchandise under one roof – from books to calendars, games to apparel, mugs, backpacks, posters and so much more. Plus, customers can enjoy a sweet birthday treat on December 11 with an exclusive Angry Birds cookie.
This is not the first time the Mighty Eagle has soared into Barnes & Noble stores. Earlier this year, Barnes & Noble worked closely with Rovio to offer the first-ever exclusive “Magic Place” experience for NOOK® customers, making Barnes & Noble stores the first real world locations where Angry Birds fans can magically receive in-game rewards and unlockables. NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color customers using the Angry Birds NOOK App ($2.99) can connect automatically to the fast and free in-store Wi-Fi® to unlock the Mighty Eagle character at no cost, overcome challenging levels and earn Mighty Eagle achievements. Gameplay on NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color’s gorgeous 7-inch VividView™ display is fun and immersive as players dish out revenge to the green pigs who threaten the survival of the Angry Birds.
Angry Birds, along with thousands of high-quality, popular NOOK Apps, are available on the new NOOK Tablet, as well as the award-winning NOOK Color. In addition, customers can read what they love in rich, beautiful color – books, magazines, children’s books and more – from Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital bookstore of more than 2 million titles. Learn more about NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color at www.nook.com.
About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble's NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. The new NOOK Tablet™ is Barnes & Noble’s fastest, lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment from top services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($249). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color™ ($199) feature a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. The NOOK Simple Touch™ ($99), is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world’s best reading screen and the longest battery life. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its more than 700 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. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.BN.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Fry’s Electronics and Systemax Inc. retailers.
In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its FREE NOOK Reading Apps™, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble's free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study™ (www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids™ (www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en español™ (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 703 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 637 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.
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About Rovio Entertainment
Rovio is an entertainment media company, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Rovio was founded in 2003 as a mobile game development studio, and the company has developed several award-winning titles for various mobile platforms.
In 2009, Rovio released Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game for touchscreen smartphones that became a worldwide phenomenon from 2010 onwards. The Angry Birds games have enjoyed continuing worldwide chart success, and the franchise has since expanded to a variety of new business areas. Rovio is rapidly expanding its activities in broadcast media, merchandising, publishing and services. Rovio's headquarters are located in Finland.