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B&N Seeks Kids’ Nominations for My Favorite Teacher Contest

Middle school and high school students can nominate their teacher the My Favorite Teacher Contest at Barnes & Noble.

Follow this link for the entry form and official rules. To enter, kids can compose essays, poems or letters revealing “how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher.”

Teachers can take the entries to their local Barnes & Noble, where judges will look at “the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.”

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William Lynch Resigns as Barnes & Noble CEO

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned.  In addition, Michael P. Huseby will serve as CEO of NOOK Media and Barnes & Noble, Inc. president.

Lynch had this statement:

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as CEO of this terrific Company over the last three years,” said William Lynch.  “There is a great executive team and Board in place at Barnes & Noble, and I look forward to the many innovations the Company will be bringing to its millions of physical and digital media customers in the future.

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Barnes & Noble Reports Sales Down 7.4% in Q4

Barnes & Noble revealed a that consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter decreased 7.4 percent to $1.3 billion as compared to the same period last year. The company also saw steep 16.8 percent drop in Nook revenues.

The bookseller’s “consolidated fourth quarter net loss” amounted to $118.6 million, compared to $56.9 million during the same period last year.  Here’s more about the company’s retail performance in the fourth quarter:

The Retail segment, which consists of the Barnes & Noble bookstores and BN.com businesses, had revenues of $948 million for the quarter and $4.6 billion for the full year, decreasing 10.0% for the quarter and 5.9% for the fiscal year. The sales decreases were attributable to comparable store sales decreases of 8.8% for the quarter and 3.4% for the full year, store closures and lower online sales. Fourth quarter comparable bookstore sales decreased as a result of lower NOOK unit volume and a stronger title lineup in the prior year period including The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey trilogies. Core comparable bookstore sales, which exclude sales of NOOK products, decreased 5.8% for the quarter and were essentially flat for the full year.

Kids Can Earn a Free Book at Barnes & Noble

Will the kids in your life read more than eight books this summer? They can get a free book through Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading program.

Kids can download the free Summer Reading Journal (PDF link) and fill it up as they read eight books this summer. They can bring the filled-up journal to a Barnes & Noble and pick out a book from the store’s special Reading Journal list. Here’s more about the process:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination  Journal. Be sure to let us know to whom you would recommend each book, and why. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store  between May 21st and September 3rd, 2013. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

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What Teens Are Reading Now

One alert Reddit user snapped a photograph of an empty “What Teens Are Reading Now” shelf at a Barnes & Noble.

The photo makes for some funny Thursday morning reading, but don’t despair– the shelf was only being restocked.

On the same morning, scores of readers clicked on this photograph of young kids reading on the train.

Rumors of a Microsoft Bid for Nook

TechCrunch broke the surprising news that Microsoft might be considering a $1 billion for Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media business. 

AppNewser has more about the bookseller’s history with Microsoft:

the Washington-based technology company already has a 16.8% stake in [Nook Media] … Microsoft has been working with Barnes & Noble last year, when the two companies came together to form a digital content subsidiary which included combining Barnes & Noble’s digital and college businesses into one business unit. As part of the partnership, Microsoft invested $300 million in the company. Last year, publishing company Pearson acquired a 5% equity stake in the Nook business after investing $89.5 million in the business.

Barnes & Noble Launches NOOK Press

Barnes & Noble has relaunched its self-publishing arm as NOOK Press. Over at AppNewser, you can watch NOOK Press video tutorials.

The bookseller has told authors using the bookseller’s old PubIt! program that they need to sign up for a NOOK Press account. The new tools were designed through a partnership with FastPencil. Here’s more about royalties at NOOK Press:

NOOK Press authors can price their titles between $0.99 and $199.99 and receive a competitive royalty based on the given price.  For NOOK Press NOOK Books priced at or between $2.99 and $9.99, authors receive 65 percent of the list price for sold content. For those priced at $2.98 or less, or $10.00 or more, authors receive 40 percent of the list price.  NOOK Press authors will be compensated from the list price they set with no additional charges, regardless of file size.

Barnes & Noble Nook Revenues Down 26%

Barnes & Noble reported that Nook segment revenues totaled $316 million for the fiscal third quarter, sinking 26 percent compared to the same period last year. The company blamed “lower device unit volume” for the sagging sales, and promised to “significantly reduce NOOK’s expenses.”

At the same time, retail revenues at Barnes & Noble bookstores and the online business, decreased 10.3 percent during the quarter–counting revenues of $1.5 billion. The company said a “decline in comparable store sales, store closures and lower online sales” had produced these reduced figures.

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch had this comment in the release: “In terms of the NOOK Media business, we’ve taken significant actions to begin to right size our cost structure in the NOOK segment, while also taking a large markdown on NOOK devices in order to enhance our ability to achieve our estimated sales plans in subsequent quarters … NOOK Media has been financing itself since October of 2012 due to the strong investment partners we’ve been able to attract in Microsoft and Pearson. Coming off the holiday shortfall, we’re in the process of making some adjustments to our strategy as we continue to pursue the exciting growth opportunities ahead for us in the consumer and digital education content markets.”

Barnes & Noble Founder Hopes to Buy Retail Business

Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio hopes to “purchase all of the assets of the retail business of Barnes & Noble” as the bookseller struggles in a difficult bookselling environment.

The company offered a brief statement, but will not provide more commentary until a committee has evaluated the proposition or a deal is struck. Here’s more from the official company release:

The process of evaluating a proposal and negotiation of any transaction will be overseen by a Strategic Committee of three independent directors: David G. Golden, David A. Wilson and Patricia L. Higgins, who is Chair of the Strategic Committee. The Strategic Committee has selected Evercore Partners to serve as its financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to serve as its legal advisor. There can be no assurance that the review of Mr. Riggio’s proposal or the consideration of any transaction will result in a sale of the retail business or in any other transaction. There is no timetable for the Strategic Committee’s review.

Barnes & Noble Predicts Lower Nook Media Revenues

Barnes & Noble alerted investors this week that an upcoming earnings call will contain some disappointing news.

In a short release, the company explained: “Based on current forecasts, the Company now expects its fiscal year 2013 NOOK segment EBITDA loss to be greater than it was in fiscal 2012 and expects fiscal year 2013 NOOK Media revenues to be less than $3 billion.”

The company has scheduled its earnings call for investors at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 28. Last month, the bookseller spooked investors, publishers and readers in a Wall Street Journal report that “Barnes & Noble Inc. expects to close as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade.”

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