Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NYSEBKS
Predecessor(s) Arthur Hinds & Company
When it was created New York City, United States (1917 first bookstore opened)
People who started it Charles M. Barnes
William Barnes
G. Clifford Noble
Headquarters 122 5th Ave
Manhattan, New York City
, U.S.
Number of locations as of November 1, 2014, 658 retail stores and 714 college bookstores
Key people Leonard Riggio
(Executive chairman)
Michael P. Huseby
Money earned Increase US$7.129 Billion (FY 2012)[1]
Operating income Increase US$-61.303 Million (FY 2012)[1]
Net income Increase US$-68.687 Million (FY 2012")[1]
Total assets
  • Decrease US$3.732536 billion (2013)[2]
  • Increase US$3.774699 billion (2012)[3]
Total equity Decrease US$747 Million (FY 2012)[1]
Website (corporate site) (consumer site) (consumer site) (college site)
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Barnes & Noble, Inc., is a Fortune 500 company, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products in the country. The company operates 658 retail stores (as of November 1, 2014) in all 50 U.S. states in addition to 714 college bookstores that serve over 5 million students and more than 250,000 faculty members across the country.[4] Barnes & Noble also operates

Barnes & Noble operates mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of bookstores and the company's headquarters are at 122 Fifth Avenue in the Ladies' Mile Historic District in Manhattan in New York City.[5] Barnes & Noble College Booksellers is headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

After a series of mergers and bankruptcies in the American bookstore industry since the 1990s, Barnes & Noble stands as one of America's last remaining national bookstore chains along with Books-A-Million.[6][7] Previously, Barnes and Noble operated the chain of small B. Dalton Booksellers stores in malls until they announced the liquidation of the chain. The company is known for large retail outlets, many of which contain a café serving Starbucks coffee. Most stores sell books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, graphic novels, gifts, games, music, and Nook e-readers and tablets.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Barnes & Noble, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Jun 27, 2012". Retrieved Feb 6, 2013. 
  2. "BARNES & NOBLE INC 2013 Q3 Quarterly Report Form (10-Q)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. March 5, 2014. 
  3. "BARNES & NOBLE INC 2012 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. July 29, 2013. 
  4. "For Investors" at Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  5. "National Sponsorships and Donations." Barnes & Noble. Retrieved on January 29, 2010. "Barnes & Noble 122 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011"
  6. DePillis, Lydia (10 July 2013). "Barnes & Noble's troubles don't show why bookstores are doomed. They show how they'll survive.". The Washington Post. Retrieved 30 October 2013. "it's now the only national bookstore chain in the country" 
  7. Townsend, Matt (10 July 2013). "Bookstores Not Dead Yet as Riggio Bets on Barnes & Noble". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 30 October 2013. "the last national bookstore chain"