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Barnes & Noble Receives Perfect Score on 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for Tenth Consecutive Year

NEW YORK, Nov 10, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest retail bookseller, today announced that it earned a perfect score of 100 percent for the tenth consecutive year on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Barnes & Noble is one of 609 major U.S. businesses that also received top marks this year.

"We are thrilled that the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has honored us yet again with a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index," said Michelle Smith, Vice President, Human Resources at Barnes & Noble. "This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to diversity and equality in the workplace."

The 2018 CEI rated 947 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Barnes & Noble's efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is the world's largest bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web's premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK(R) tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store(R). The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps(TM) available for Android(TM), iOS(R) and Windows(R).

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble(R), Barnes & Noble Booksellers(R) and Barnes & Noble.com(R) are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK(R) and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. 
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323 
Senior Vice President 
Corporate Communications 
mkeating@bn.com 
or 
Mei Sanchez, 212-633-3579 
Manager 
Corporate Communications 
msanchez@bn.com

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