LONDON/ May 16, 2013-NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced today that leading UK publishers have donated a selection of top children’s titles to support NOOK’s efforts to make reading more accessible and affordable across the UK.
The donation is part of NOOK’s recent partnership with the London Evening Standard’s groundbreaking literacy campaign, Get London Reading. The partnership includes the previously announced donation of 1,000 NOOK® Simple Touch eReaders and supports Beanstalk, a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports reading volunteers in schools. The publishers’ free content donation was announced today at a Get Reading event featuring the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. To underline his support, the mayor visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School to take part in a NOOK read-along session with schoolchildren.
NOOK has worked with Hachette UK, HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House to contribute the books, which will be loaded onto the 1,000 eReaders that NOOK is donating to reading volunteers from Beanstalk. The titles donated are some of the UK’s most popular children’s books. The Beanstalk literacy volunteers will use the NOOKs at key schools with high levels of illiteracy across the UK.
Some of the fantastic books being donated include:
From Hachette UK:
· Horrid Henry Reads a Book
· Rainbow Magic – The Rainbow Fairies: 1: Ruby the Red Fairy
· Beast Quest:1 Ferno the Fire Dragon
· Double Crossed
· Boy Nobody
· Secret Kingdom: 1: Enchanted Palace
· Mr. Stink
· The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1)
· A Dog Called Homeless
· A Medal for Leroy
· Little Wolf's Book of Badness
· Iggy and Me (Iggy and Me, Book 1)
· Delphie and the Magic Ballet Shoes (Magic Ballerina, Book 1)
· Monster and Chips (Book 1)
· Paddington Abroad
· Geek Girl
· Look into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort, Book 1)
· Skulduggery Pleasant
· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
· The Great Escape
· The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
· Ladybird Classics: Alice in Wonderland
· Mr. Chan, Rocket Man: Genie Street
· Grimms' Fairy Tales
From Random House:
· Tom's Sausage Lion
· Ranger's Apprentice 1: The Ruins of Gorlan
· Gold of Gods
· Doctor Who: Made of Steel
· I Funny
· Big Day Out
· The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch
· The Monster Crisp-Guzzler
· Pea’s Book of Best Friends
· Alice Miranda at School
The generous contribution from publishers is part of NOOK’s commitment to making reading accessible and more affordable in the UK. In addition, NOOK is offering its eReaders and tablets at special value prices for a limited time only, including the NOOK Simple Touch, at £29 down from £79, and NOOK® Simple Touch GlowLight, at £69 down from £109.
Jim Hilt, Managing Director, Barnes & Noble said: “Our commitment to children and families in the UK is about providing affordable access to digital content in partnership with the leading UK publishers. This is consistent with our belief that it takes everyone in the book business to rally behind the idea of getting young people to read. We came to the UK to be a part of the fabric of the community by creating affordable access to reading and believe that this donation will help us further this campaign.”
George Walkley, Head of Digital, Hachette UK said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in the Get Reading campaign. We believe that reading is the foundation for a happy and healthy life. Books in every format enhance the lives of children and, as more and more children now read on eReaders, this initiative with NOOK is a very valuable addition to this great campaign.”
Victoria Barnsley, CEO and Publisher, HarperCollins UK and International said: “At HarperCollins, we are passionate about extending the joy of reading and have long supported Beanstalk’s amazing work promoting literacy in schools. We are delighted to be in partnership with NOOK on this fantastic project to Get Reading.”
Francesca Dow, Managing Director of Penguin Children’s said: “Penguin has a long history of supporting literacy in the UK, and has given away over eight million books in the last seven years to help children develop their reading skills. We're pleased that we can bring some of our best-loved titles to a campaign that aims to genuinely engage with and excite young people.”
Gail Rebuck, Chair and CEO, The Random House Group said: “Random House has supported Beanstalk for nine years and the Get Reading campaign since its launch in 2011. Today marks a key milestone for the campaign and we have donated 10 fantastic eBooks from authors who are supporting the NOOK partnership including Jacqueline Wilson, James Patterson and Bear Grylls that will capture the imaginations of young people and support Beanstalk volunteers who are working to improve literacy levels in schools across the UK.”
As part of the Get Reading initiative, NOOK and the London Evening Standard will host an event, with support from London Mayor Boris Johnson, in the capital’s iconic Trafalgar Square on July 13. The free event will see children from all over the UK take part in a giant read-a-thon, led by famous faces. The day will also feature interactive entertainment for the whole family and promises to inspire and get people reading.
For further information on the Get Reading campaign, the Beanstalk charity and NOOK, please visit NOOK.co.uk/GetReading.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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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
About Hachette UK
Hachette UK is one of the most diverse publishing groups in the UK and includes the UK-based publishing companies: Hachette Children’s Books; Headline Publishing Group; Hodder & Stoughton; Hodder Education; John Murray; Little, BrownBook Group, Octopus Publishing Group and Orion Publishing Group together with international companies Hachette Australia, Hachette New Zealand, Hachette India and Hachette Ireland.
HarperCollins UK publishes a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers, from fantasy literature and children’s stories to enduring classics. It also publishes a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and its digital business is thriving. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins publishes some of the world’s foremost authors, from Nobel prize winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition it publishes the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. It was the first major UK trade publisher to go carbon neutral in December 2007.
HC UK and International is responsible for the UK and Ireland, India, Australia and New Zealand and is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English-language book publishers in the world, with operations in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. HarperCollins Publishers is a wholly-owned division of News Corporation, the diversified global media company.
Since Allen Lane introduced the first Penguin paperback over 75 years ago, Penguin has become the most recognisable brand name in publishing. Penguin publishes many of the finest contemporary writers including Jamie Oliver, Malcolm Gladwell, Clive Cussler, Niall Ferguson, Nick Hornby, Marian Keyes, Jeff Kinney and Zadie Smith to name but a few. Penguin is home to some of the most famous imprints such as Puffin, Ladybird, Hamish Hamilton, Viking, Michael Joseph, DK and Rough Guides, while Penguin Classics is the most comprehensive list of classic literature in the world. Penguin seeks to publish – for all tastes and ages – the very best books and products with storytelling at their heart. From social networks to school classrooms, literary festivals to the latest apps, Penguin always takes the most creative line in bringing writers and readers together.
About The Random House Group
The Random House Group is one of the largest general book publishing companies in the UK. The Group is based in London and has subsidiary companies in Australia, New Zealand and India, with a joint venture in South Africa: Random House Struik. The Group comprises five publishing companies: Cornerstone Publishing, Vintage Publishing, Ebury Publishing, Random House Children's Publishers and Transworld Publishers, boasting more than 40 diverse and highly respected imprints. The Random House Group distribution business services its own imprints as well as 60 other UK publishers. The Random House Group is an independently managed subsidiary of Random House Inc in the US, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, one of the world's largest and most diversified integrated media companies.