Barnes & Noble Announces The Initiation from L. J. Smith’s Secret Circle Series As the Latest Spotlight Pick

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that The Initiation from L. J. Smith’s Secret Circle series will be featured as the latest pick for “Barnes & Noble Spotlight” (www.bn.com/spotlight), a NOOK Book program that features great writers at irresistible prices. Twice a month, Barnes & Noble Spotlight picks an author of a popular or breakout series from various genres and offers one of their titles at a special price, helping NOOK® readers discover new authors and dive into an exciting series for a wallet-friendly price. From December 1 through December 14, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Bookstore will offer The Initiation from the bestselling Secret Circle series for only 99 cents.

Forced to move from sunny California to dreary New England, 16-year-old Cassie yearns for her old life back. As Cassie tries to adapt to her new environment, she finds herself drawn to the in crowd at her new school whom all share a secret-they are a coven of witches. As the members of the circle convince Cassie to unlock her magic powers, they quickly discover that Cassie allows them all to cast spells more powerful than they could ever have imagined. With her newfound powers, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk using dark forces that could ultimately destroy her. The Initiation is the first of three novels in the Secret Circle series that chronicle Cassie and the circle’s advances into the world of witches and dark magic.

L. J. Smith is a New York Times bestselling author who has written over two dozen books for young adults, including The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries and Night World series. The Secret Circle as well as The Vampire Diaries series have been adapted into hit teen television series’. The first novel in The Vampire Diaries series, The Awakening, was featured earlier this year as a Spotlight pick.

Spotlight features titles from different genres including popular romance, young adult and fiction. Customers who “like” NOOK on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nook) and follow NOOK on Twitter (www.twitter.com/nookbn) are among the first to hear about the Spotlight picks.

NOOK Books that are featured in Barnes & Noble Spotlight, along with the more than 3 million other NOOK Books, magazines and newspapers available, can be purchased and read on the award-winning NOOK line of devices. All NOOK Books can also be read through a range of free NOOK reading apps available for iPad, iPhone®, Android, Mac® and PC, and can be downloaded at www.bn.com/freenookapps.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 689 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 674 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).

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About NOOK Media LLC

NOOK reading and entertainment products make 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 the expansive NOOK Store of more than 3 million digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through free NOOK Reading Apps and NOOK Video apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom through www.nook.co.uk and leading retailers.

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Contacts:

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
or
Carolyn J. Brown, 212-633-4062
Corporate Communications
cbrown@bn.com
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