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Barnes & Noble and FastPencil Announce Merchandising Partnership

Barnes & Noble and FastPencil Announce
Merchandising Partnership

FastPencil Publishing Imprints Available In Stores and Online

CAMPBELL, Calif. — July 26, 2012 — Barnes & Noble, the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, and FastPencil, today announced a merchandising partnership that provides FastPencil’s authors with unique access to merchandising programs on NOOK® devices, NOOK reading apps, on BN.com and in Barnes & Noble stores.

Founded by Michael Ashley and Steve Wilson, FastPencil offers authors a wide range of publishing services through their proprietary authoring platform as well as two publishing imprints: PREMIERE and Wavecrest.

Both PREMIERE and Wavecrest authors have full access to online and in-store placement through Barnes & Noble as well as NOOK bookshelf merchandising.

The highly selective FastPencil PREMIERE line houses élite general interest titles by best-selling, highly-acclaimed authors including Mercer Mayer, Steven Pressfield, J. Kahn, L. Douglas Keeney, Eric Harr, Helen Whitney, Miriam Nelson, Jennifer Ackerman, Peter Ressler, Monika Mitchell, Guy Gilchrist and Angela Sage Larsen.

The Wavecrest imprint offers packaged services to authors who are thought leaders with strong community followings. Wavecrest publishes premium content and houses such authors as Albert Gaulden, a transpersonal psychologist and founding director of the Sedona Intensive, Kevin Jackson, a well-known political pundit, celebrity eco-chef Bryan Au, former Olympian and author of 20 books, Bill Quain, and children’s book award winner Jeryl Abelmann, among others.

“Barnes & Noble is excited to partner with FastPencil to bring quality, independently published books to our readers,” says Theresa Horner, VP Digital Content.

FastPencil’s proprietary software provides speed-to-market and cuts traditional publishing costs. From these advancements in technology, FastPencil is able to pass savings to authors by offering higher royalties.

Do-it-yourself authors, such as Georgia State Senator Barry Loudermilk of “And Then They Prayed” and Dr. Robert Genetski of “Classical Economic Principles and the Wealth of Nations,” utilize FastPencil.com for instant access to numerous digital tools and to network with a community of editors and designers to successfully create and publish books with access to endless distribution channels.

 

About FastPencil

FastPencil is a California company that provides a book and e-book writing, publishing and selling platform for everyone from traditional publishers and agents, to published authors and pre-discovered writers. As both a content provider and producer, FastPencil streamlines traditional publishing workflows through their proprietary technology and unique partnerships.


About Barnes & Noble:

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), 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 647 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 BN.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ 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. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.  Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).

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

NOOK®, NOOK Tablet, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, NOOK Simple Touch , NOOK Color, Reader’s Tablet, Best-Text, NOOK Store, NOOK Bookstore,NOOK Magazines, VividView, NOOK Newspapers, FREE NOOK Reading Apps, NOOK Kids,NOOK Digital Shop, Read In Store,More In Store,LendMe®,NOOK Library,NOOK Books en español, NOOK Study, Lifetime Library and Read What You Love. Anywhere You Like are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble's NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. NOOK Tablet 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 ($199 for NOOK Tablet – 8GB, and $249 for NOOK Tablet – 16GB). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color ($169) feature a stunning 7-inch VividViewColor Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. NOOK Simple Touch($99) is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world’s best reading screen and the longest battery life and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight™ ($139) features patent-pending lighting technology that makes it perfect for reading at bedtime and on the beach. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its nearly 700 bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi® connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store feature to read NOOK Books for free, and the More In Store 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® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Office Depot, Fry’s Electronics, Kmart, hhgregg, Sears and Systemax Inc. 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, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. 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, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study (www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids™ (www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en español (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), 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 NOOK Books and more, follow us on www.twitter.com/nookBN and www.facebook.com/nook.


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FastPencil is a registered trademark of FastPencil, Inc. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.

 

Media Contact:

Sara Johnson

FortyThree, Inc.

831.401.3175           

FastPencil@43pr.com

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