Author Freethy Sells 1 Million NOOK Books™ Via PubIt!™

October 15, 2012
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Oct 15 – Oct 21, 2012 Edition Author Freethy Sells 1 Million NOOK Books™ Via PubIt!™

New York, New York – October 18, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Barbara Freethy has sold 1 million NOOK Books through its self-publishing platform PubIt! (www.pubit.com). Freethy, the award-winning author of popular titles Summer Secrets and When Wishes Collide, has self-published 17 of her backlist titles and three original eBooks on PubIt!, with 11 of those eBooks appearing on The New York Times bestseller list.

“What’s exciting to me about PubIt! is the ability to find a whole new readership through eBooks,” said Barbara Freethy. “PubIt! is so easy to use and there are great merchandising opportunities. I like having my self-published eBooks treated as if they were published by a traditional publisher in New York.”

“Barbara has been tremendously successful at leveraging the power of PubIt! to reach the vast audience of NOOK eBook readers,” said Theresa Horner, Vice President of Digital Content at Barnes & Noble. “We would like to congratulate her on reaching this incredible milestone and we hope that her success inspires other talented writers to bring their work to PubIt! and Barnes & Noble.”

Freethy, who has had 20 titles make the Barnes & Noble.com Top 100 list, plans to continue her self-publishing success with a new series called The Callaways, a story about a family of brave firefighters and police officers whose lives are complicated by family secrets and life-changing love. Throughout The Callaways series each family member will face a moral dilemma and the question of whether to protect the community, the family or themselves. The Callaways will be available on NOOK at the end of 2012.

PubIt! is Barnes & Noble’s easy-to-use platform for independent publishers and authors to digitally distribute their works across all Barnes & Noble platforms. With clear and competitive terms – and no hidden fees – the self-service online PubIt! portal provides qualified content owners a simple and profitable way to publish and distribute their works across Barnes & Noble’s entire line of NOOK® devices, including the recently announced NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+. PubIt! titles can also be discovered and read through a range of free NOOK reading apps, available for iPad™, iPhone®, Android, Mac® and PC.

More information on PubIt! can be found at www.pubit.com.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, operates 689 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 667 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 3 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. 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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