Barnes & Noble Earns Perfect Score on 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for Eighth Year in a Row

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail
bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and
educational products, proudly announced today that it has earned a
perfect score of 100 percent for the eighth year in a row in the 2016
Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and
report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace
equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Barnes &
Noble joins the ranks of 391 major U.S. businesses which annually
receive top marks for their treatment of LGBT employees and customers.

“At Barnes & Noble, our mission is to help both our customers and
booksellers reach their aspirations, while being a credit to the
communities we serve. We strive to do so by creating a rewarding and
accepting environment in all of our stores,” said Michelle Smith, Vice
President of Human Resources for Barnes & Noble, Inc. “It is an honor to
again be recognized by the Humans Rights Campaign Foundation for our
dedication to recruiting diverse talent and providing them with
competitive benefits. We are proud to support and reflect the diversity
of the communities we serve in our bookstores nationwide.”

The 2016 CEI rated 1,024 businesses in the report, which evaluates
LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination
workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive
health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with
the LGBT 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 LGBT Equality.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to
download a free copy of the report, visit

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s
largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products. The Company operates 647 Barnes & Noble
bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (
The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK®
tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and
entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store
features more than 4 million digital books in the US (
and UK (,
plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the
ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through
Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS®
and Windows®.

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

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Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Vice President
Corporate Communications
McNamara, 212-633-3379
Corporate Communications