Office Depot to sell Barnes & Noble's Nook devices at its stores, including new US$199 8GB Nook tablet

Cindy Allen

Cindy Allen

Feb 23, 2012 – Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Florida , February 23, 2012 () – Office Depot ODP +1.83% , celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, and Barnes & Noble, Inc. BKS +3.39% , the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the availability of Barnes & Noble's award-winning NOOK Tablet -- including the all-new NOOK Tablet -- 8GB. The new Barnes & Noble products and accessories are available nationwide at Office Depot retail locations and online at .

"The introduction of the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet and NOOK Simple Touch eReaders at Office Depot further bolsters our mission to provide our customers with the most cutting-edge products in the marketplace," said Farla Efros, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Office Depot. "We are pleased to be expanding our tablet and eReader portfolio with offerings that are at the top of our customers' lists."

NOOK(R) devices are the perfect choice for anyone who wants access to their favorite content anywhere they go. For customers who like to consume a variety of content on demand, NOOK Tablet features the world's most advanced 7-inch VividView(TM) color touchscreen for enjoying the best in entertainment -- from popular movies and TV shows to music and more. The NOOK Tablet -- 8GB and NOOK Tablet -- 16GB, are available for $199.99 and $249.99, respectively.

Customers seeking a simple-to-use, dedicated reading experience will love the NOOK Simple Touch -- an ultra-light, portable 6-inch eReader with the most-advanced E Ink(R) Pearl display and the longest battery life of any eReader -- all for just $99. With just a tap, it's intuitive and simple to navigate, shop, and read.

With all NOOK products, customers can shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store(TM) of more than two million digital titles, including color and interactive books, magazines, children's books and high-quality apps. In addition, Barnes & Noble always offers free in-store NOOK support for consumers to learn how to use their new device and even troubleshoot any issues face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers.

"Office Depot is a leading office supplies, technology and services retailer, offering consumers the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S.," said Chris Peifer, Vice President, Digital Business Development at Barnes & Noble. "That's why we are excited to partner with Office Depot and offer our NOOK devices to Office Depot customers who love to read anytime, anywhere. With NOOK, customers will discover the most immersive, fun and easy-to-use reading experience, as well as gain access to a vast selection of popular books, interactive magazines, newspapers, children's books, apps and more."

To learn more about the products and services available at Office Depot, please visit your local Office Depot retail store location or . To become a fan of Office Depot on Facebook and receive exclusive content, offers and more, please visit . To follow Office Depot on Twitter, please visit .

About Office Depot

Celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides supplies and services to its customers through 1,656 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.6 billion, and employs about 40,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office supplies and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 58 countries.

Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: and .

About NOOK(R) from Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble's NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like(TM) with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store(TM) of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. The new NOOK Tablet(TM) is Barnes & Noble's fastest, lightest tablet with the best in entertainment from top services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($249). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color(TM) ($199) feature a stunning 7-inch VividView(TM)Color

Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. The NOOK Simple Touch(TM)($99), is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world's best reading screen and the longest battery life. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its more than 700 bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi(R) connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store(TM) feature to read NOOK Books(TM) for free, and the More In Store(TM) program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe(R) technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at , as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Fry's Electronics, Systemax Inc. and Office Depot retailers.

In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its FREE NOOK Reading Apps(TM), available at . Customers can use Barnes & Noble's free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad(TM), iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), Android(TM) smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac(R). Lifetime Library(TM) helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study(TM) ( ), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids(TM) ( ), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en espanol(TM) ( ), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.

For more information on NOOK devices and eReading software, updates, new NOOK Book releases, Free Friday(TM) NOOK Books and more, follow us on and .

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. BKS +3.39% , the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 691 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 641 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through ( ), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore(TM) ( ). Through Barnes & Noble's NOOK(TM) eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: .

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