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Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

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Joseph J. Lombardi
Chief Financial Officer
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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11/20/2007

Barnes & Noble Reports Third Quarter Financial Results:

Comparable Store Sales Increase 2.6%
Increases Full Year Guidance
Declares Quarterly Dividend

New York, NY (November 20, 2007)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today reported sales and earnings for the third quarter ended November 3, 2007.  In addition, the company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share for stockholders of record at the close of business on December 7, 2007, payable on December 28, 2007.

Sales for the third quarter increased 5.7% to $1.2 billion.  Barnes & Noble store sales increased 4.5% to $1.0 billion, with comparable store sales increasing 2.6% for the quarter, at the high end of guidance for a flat to low-single digit increase.  Barnes & Noble.com sales were $108.2 million for the quarter, a 14.5% comparable sales increase compared to the prior year period. 

Bestselling titles during the quarter included Alan Greenspan’s The Age of Turbulence, John Grisham’s Playing for Pizza, Ken Follett’s World Without End, Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice and Stephen Colbert’s I Am America (and So Can You!).

Third quarter net earnings were $4.4 million or $0.07 per share.  Included in third quarter net earnings was an after tax benefit of $6.2 million, or $0.09 per share, resulting from a more favorable physical inventory shortage rate than previously estimated and accrued.  Excluding this benefit, third quarter net loss per share was $1.8 million, or $0.03 per share, better than guidance of a loss of $0.06 to $0.10 per share.

“The company’s sales continued to perform at the higher end of expectations, due in part to strong sales of new releases and bestsellers, which combined with a better than expected gross margin rate enabled the company to outperform its third quarter earnings expectations,” said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc.  “In addition, we are encouraged by the sales trends at Barnes & Noble.com that began earlier this year and continued through the third quarter, in which we launched a newly designed website.”

In the third quarter of 2007, the company acquired 4.9 million shares for $172.5 million under its share repurchase program.  Year-to-date, the company acquired 6.0 million shares for $219.9 million under its share repurchase program.  The company has $232.4 million remaining under its existing share repurchase authorization.

GUIDANCE

For the fourth quarter and full year, the company expects comparable store sales at Barnes & Noble stores to increase in the low-single digits.  The company previously expected full year comparable store sales to range from flat to slightly positive. 

Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s fourth quarter earnings per share is expected to be in a range of $1.67 to $1.86.  The company is increasing its full-year earnings per share guidance to reflect the third quarter outperformance ($0.14 per share), the benefit resulting from a reduced fully diluted share count ($0.04 per share), as well as improved net earnings on higher projected fourth quarter sales ($0.04 per share).  The company now expects full-year GAAP earnings per share to be in a range of $1.91 to $2.09, compared to previous guidance of $1.69 to $1.87.

As of November 3, 2007, the company operated 709 Barnes & Noble stores and 92 B. Dalton stores.  During the third quarter, 14 Barnes & Noble stores were opened and three were closed. 

A conference call with Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s senior management will be webcast beginning at 10:00 A.M. ET on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, and is accessible at www.barnesandnobleinc.com/webcasts.  The call will also be archived at www.earnings.com for one year.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report holiday sales results on or about January 10, 2008.

FINANCIAL TABLES

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About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 801 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nation’s top bookseller brand, as determined by a brand’s overall strength based on its combination of familiarity, quality and purchase intent, 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.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: 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, the results of the internal review of the company’s stock option practices and the related inquiries by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice and related stockholder derivative lawsuits, 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, 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.