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Barnes & Noble Unveils New Ad Campaign For Highly Acclaimed NOOK® HD And NOOK® HD+

NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. ( NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today introduced “Share” – a major television advertising campaign to support NOOK HD and NOOK HD+. These new 7- and 9-inch tablets are lightweight, but packed with pixels to deliver text, graphics and video with stunning HD clarity so every book, movie and app looks better than ever before. Despite numerous competitive tablet launches this fall, demand for NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ has been unprecedented, and momentum is expected to continue into the holidays.

NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ were designed to create an exceptional reading and entertainment experience that the whole family can enjoy, and the campaign was conceived with family at its core. New NOOK Profiles™, a first-to-market feature, solves a new problem for the modern family: while 50 percent of tablet owners share their device with other members of the family, more than a third have content they don’t want anybody else to see. NOOK Profiles makes it easy to create individual profiles for every member of the family, instantly transforming the device to any family member’s own tablet. That means children can freely enjoy all the content they love without happening upon all that mom and dad would rather they didn’t see. With a quick tap on a profile at the top of the screen, the entire experience magically changes into that family member’s personal tablet as their own content, including personalized recommendations, appear on the display.

“Share” brings NOOK Profiles to life. The ad follows the 7-inch NOOK HD through the house, family member by family member, as each attempts to keep the captivating device to him or herself: a young girl hides away in her closet reading Cat in the Hat, Dad tucks himself into an empty bathtub to peruse Rolling Stone, and a little boy holes up in the doghouse watching Disney Pixar’s Brave, until finally, Mom gets her turn. The family’s golden retriever is there every step of the way, sniffing out each hiding place.

“When we set out to develop a campaign for NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, there were so many innovative aspects worthy of attention – from spectacular resolution, weight and design to brand-new content and shopping features – but only 30 seconds to fit them into,” said Glenn Kaplan, Creative Director at Barnes & Noble. “We ultimately zeroed in on something we knew was important to our customers and unique to these devices: they are at once totally personal and completely shareable. We recognized the opportunity to create a story these customers could relate to.”

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