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Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Barnes & Noble.com Presenting Sponsors of the First-Ever New Yorker Festival; Stores and Online Booksellers Celebrate Literary and Arts Festival.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 2000

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation's largest bookseller and Barnes & Noble.com (Nasdaq: BNBN), one of the world's largest e-Commerce companies, today announced their participation as presenting sponsors for "The New Yorker Festival." This first-ever, three-day literary festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the magazine with the individuals who have made The New Yorker famous: its writers, cartoonists, editors and the people they have written about. Interviews, readings, panel discussions, and performances will take place at clubs, theatres, restaurants and other venues throughout Manhattan, including Barnes & Noble stores.

Barnes & Noble Participation

Barnes & Noble has a long-standing relationship with the New Yorker. For the New Yorker Festival, Barnes & Noble stores in New York City will be the exclusive location for book displays of works by New Yorker authors. Additionally, some Festival events will commence at stores, such as the architectural walk on May 6 at the Union Square store. Barnes & Noble.com, the official online source for the New Yorker Festival at (http://www.bn.com/festival), lists a complete schedule of festival events and is currently selling festival tickets. The site features the titles written by Festival authors, plus rich content such as archived chats, biographies and articles. During the celebration, customers can participate in a review section of the events on the site. Barnes & Noble.com will archive some festival events through audio clips. As presenting sponsors, Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Barnes & Noble.com will be prominently featured in advertisements, banners, posters, and other promotional materials for the festival.

"Barnes & Noble and Barnes & Noble.com share a passion for the power of the written word with the New Yorker," said Carl Rosendorf, senior vice president, Barnes & Noble.com. "We are excited to join with the New Yorker to be a presenting Festival sponsor and continue our long-standing relationship with them."

Event Schedule

On Friday night, May 5th, Stephen King, Annie Proulx, Julian Barnes, Cynthia Ozick, Richard Ford, Muriel Sparks and William Trevor, to name a few, will read from their work. Events on Saturday, May 6th, include New Yorker writers interviewing Paul Simon, Steve Earle, Suzanne Farrell, V. S. Naipaul, Jon Stewart, Calvin Trillin, Kofi Annan, among others; panel discussions on business, politics, journalism, medicine, and writing; an architectural tour led by Paul Goldberger; and a New Yorker humor revue by Wendy Wasserstein at Town Hall. Sunday's programs include separate architecture, Broadway, cartoon, crime, film and jazz brunches with the appropriate journalists and prominent artists; an interview with Robin Williams, and free poetry readings in Bryant Park.

For additional festival information, please visit www.bn.com/festival.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) operates 542 Barnes & Noble and 400 B. Dalton bookstores, and Babbage's Etc., one of the nation's largest operators of video game and entertainment software stores. Barnes & Noble stores stock an authoritative selection of book titles and provide access to more than one million titles. They offer books from more than 50,000 publisher imprints with an emphasis on small, independent publishers and university presses. Barnes & Noble is one of the world's largest booksellers on the World Wide Web (http://www.bn.com), and the exclusive bookseller on America Online (Keyword: bn). Barnes & Noble.com has the largest standing inventory of any online bookseller. Barnes & Noble also publishes books under its own imprint for exclusive sale through its retail stores, mail-order catalogs, and Web site.

General financial information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's investor relations Web site: http://www.shareholder.com/bks/.

About Barnes & Noble.com

Since launching its online business in May 1997, Barnes & Noble.com (Nasdaq: BNBN) has become one of the world's largest Web sites and the fourth largest e-commerce site, according to Media Metrix. Focused largely on the sale of books, music, software, magazines, prints, posters and related products, the company has capitalized on the recognized brand value of the Barnes & Noble name to become the second largest, and one of the fastest growing, online distributors of books.

Customers can choose from millions of new and out-of-print titles and enjoy a variety of related content such as author chats, book synopses and reader reviews. The site also offers thousands of bargain books discounted up to 91 percent, the most popular software and magazine titles, as well as gift items for every occasion. The company recently launched its Prints & Posters Gallery, a unique collection of images that can be produced on demand on museum-quality canvas or high-quality paper, and its eCards service, an exclusive selection of greeting card images that can be personalized and enhanced with animation and music.

With access to Barnes & Noble's more than 750,000 in-stock titles, Barnes & Noble.com has the largest standing inventory of any online bookseller ready for immediate delivery. The URL, http://www.bn.com, makes the site easy to find.

The Barnes & Noble.com affiliate network has more than 300,000 members and the company maintains strategic alliances with major Web portals and content sites, such as AOL, Lycos and MSN. The company is also a leader in business-to-business e-commerce with its unique Business Solutions program.
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