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Contacts: Mary Ellen Keating, Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications, Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Joseph J. Lombardi, Chief Financial Officer
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3215
jlombardi@bn.com

10/18/2005

BARNES & NOBLE REAFFIRMS THIRD QUARTER EPS GUIDANCE

New York, NY (October 18, 2005)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced that it has reaffirmed its sales and earnings guidance for its fiscal third quarter ending October 29, 2005.  The company expects to achieve its previously announced guidance for the third quarter which was for a comparable store sales increase in the low single digits and a net loss per share of ($0.01) to ($0.04). The company expects to achieve these results despite the impact of  Hurricane Katrina,  and will report more detail in its third quarter earnings report and conference call on November 17, 2005.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 819 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nation's top retail brand for quality, according to the EquiTrend Brand Study by Harris Interactive. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites and the number one online bookseller for quality among e-commerce companies, according to the latest EquiTrend survey.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.


SAFE HARBOR

This press release contains "forward-looking statements."  Barnes & Noble is including this statement for the express purpose of availing itself of the protections of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and represent the beliefs of the management of the company.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  These risks include, but are not limited to, general economic and market conditions, decreased consumer demand for the company's products, possible disruptions in the company's computer or telephone systems, possible work stoppages or increases in labor costs, possible increases in shipping rates or interruptions in shipping service, effects of competition, possible disruptions or delays in the opening of new stores or the inability to obtain suitable sites for new stores, higher than anticipated store closing or relocation costs, higher interest rates, the performance of the company's online and other initiatives, the successful integration of acquired businesses, the successful and timely completion and integration of the company's new New Jersey distribution center, unanticipated increases in merchandise or occupancy costs, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, product shortages, and other factors which may be outside of the company's control.   Please refer to the company's annual, quarterly and periodic reports on file with the SEC for a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that could cause results to differ materially.