Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), one of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the regional winner of the Discovery Friday $1,000 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes – Charlotte Thomas from Columbia, SC. The sweepstakes was part of Discovery Friday, a national event that took place in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide on November 22. The event officially launched the holiday shopping season at Barnes & Noble and gave customers the opportunity to discover the perfect gifts for friends and family with help from expert booksellers. Customers who visited the NOOK ® counter on Discovery Friday could enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble shopping spree, with five lucky winners to be chosen from across the country. To further celebrate the winners and the spirit of the holiday season, Barnes & Noble is also donating $1,000 worth of books to each winner’s organization of choice. Regional winner Charlotte Thomas visited her local Barnes & Noble store on Discovery Friday to get an early start on her holiday shopping for her eight grandchildren, who she proudly says are all avid readers. Charlotte approached the NOOK counter and entered the Discovery Friday $1,000 Barnes & Noble Shopping Spree, never dreaming she would actually win. When she found out she was the regional winner of the Discovery Friday Sweepstakes, she was extremely excited, and immediately thought of what she would purchase with her newly awarded $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. “My grandchildren, who all love to read, will benefit from this prize the most,” said Charlotte. “I also plan to upgrade my husband’s NOOK 1 st Edition ™ to a brand new NOOK ® HD+, thanks to Barnes & Noble.” Barnes & Noble is also donating an additional $1,000 worth of books to Charlotte’s local organization of choice, the Early Learning Center at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church in Columbia.
“We are thrilled to receive this incredible donation of $1,000 worth of books from Barnes & Noble on behalf of Charlotte,” said Rebecca Maitland, Director of the Early Learning Center at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church. “This generous donation from Barnes & Noble will help us provide full and free access to great new educational resources for our students that will ultimately enhance their lives.”Charlotte and representatives from St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church will receive their respective prize and donation at a special event taking place this Friday, December 20, at 10:00 a.m. at the Barnes & Noble store located in the Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive in Columbia, SC. Barnes & Noble is the premier destination for the best and leading selection of books, educational toys and games, DVDs, music and must-have electronics. On Discovery Friday, customers experienced a variety of local store activities, interactive games, hands-on product demonstrations and more, and Barnes & Noble’s experienced booksellers were on hand to answer questions and help shoppers find meaningful gifts for everyone on their shopping list. As always, Barnes & Noble’s personalized approach and unmatched ability to guide customers’ discovery made finding the perfect gifts for friends and family during the holidays a much easier and more enjoyable experience. About Barnes & Noble, Inc. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 673 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com ( www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK ® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store ® ( www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 695 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. 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). General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.