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More Than 600 Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide to Host Breaking Dawn Parties on Friday, August 1, 2008

Final Book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga Goes on Sale at the Stroke of Midnight

Breaking Dawn Cover Art and First Chapter to be Revealed on May 31, 2008

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – May 28, 2008 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced that more than 600 Barnes & Noble stores across the country will host Breaking Dawn Parties on Friday, August 1, 2008. Stores will remain open late and sell the fourth and final book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, at the stroke of midnight, when it officially goes on sale.

Barnes & Noble welcomes fans of the Twilight Saga to come in costume for a thrilling night of photo opportunities, themed activities, trivia contests, and crafts.  To find the Breaking Dawn Party near you, please visit www.bn.com/breakingdawn.  Here you’ll also find special interactive content including an exclusive video interview with Stephenie Meyer on her adult novel, The Host, and book recommendations for fans of the Twilight Saga and Stephenie Meyer.  Fans are encouraged to discuss the Twilight Saga all summer long in the Teen Reads Book Club at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/bookclubs).

In anticipation of the release of Breaking Dawn, the Eclipse Special Edition, a deluxe hardcover edition of the third book in the Twilight Saga, will go on sale on Saturday, May 31.  The deluxe edition of Eclipse is extra special for Meyer fans as it will reveal for the first time both the cover art for Breaking Dawn as well as its first chapter.  Customers can pre-order both books at any Barnes & Noble store or online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

Join fans nationwide for the chance to be a part of the excitement at Barnes & Noble’s Breaking Dawn Parties and be among the first to read the final installment of the Twilight Saga.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 800 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: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.