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BARNES & NOBLE LAUNCHES “MY FAVORITE TEACHER” CONTEST

Teachers Nominated by Students

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Local, Regional and National Winners to be Awarded

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$5,000 Cash Prizes, NOOK™ eBook Readers, Gift Cards and More

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Richmond, VA – February 2, 2011 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced its first ever “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.” The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible for nomination. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, NOOK™ eBook Readers and more. The contest will be broken down into local and regional winners, from which the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year will be chosen.

Students can nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Participating schools collect the essays and submit them to the Short Pump Barnes & Noble store for consideration. Entries will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

The local winning teachers will be recognized at an event at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble at 11640 West Broad Street in Richmond where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, a set of ten Sterling Children’s Classic books for their personal library, and additional recognition and praise from their community. The students who write the winning essays or poems will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the Short Pump store during a ceremony for the winning teachers.

Winning teachers from Short Pump will be entered into the regional contest. Six regional winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a NOOK eBook Reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. From the pool of six regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “My Favorite Teacher.” The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at a local Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000 and an event with a well-known author.

“The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest is just one more way for Barnes & Noble and the community to recognize how important teachers can be in their students’ lives,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, director of community relations. “Barnes & Noble has always supported education through our B&N Educator Program, offering educators 20% off all purchases for classroom use and 25% on classroom and personal purchases during the Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Weeks. The recently announced B&N@School section in our stores provides educational tools for parents, teachers and librarians, and our Barnes & Noble Bookfairs are a great way to raise funds for schools.”

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest begins September 13, 2010 and ends March 18, 2011. Only students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12 and teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win. More details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher .

Students who want to participate should submit their essay or poem to Barnes & Noble Short Pump at 11640 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233 by March 18, 2011.

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