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Frequently Asked Questions

   How long has Barnes & Noble.com been in business?
   When did Barnes & Noble.com go public and at what price?
   Where is Barnes & Noble.com traded?
   When does Barnes & Noble.com's fiscal year end?
   What is the relationship between Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Barnes & Noble.com?
   What is the ownership structure of Barnes & Noble.com?
   Where is the company's headquarters?
   Who is the transfer agent for Barnes & Noble.com?
   Does Barnes & Noble.com distribute dividends or have a Direct Stock Purchase Plan?
   How can I get financial documents mailed to me?
   How can I contact Barnes & Noble.com's Investor Relations?


How long has Barnes & Noble.com been in business?

Barnes & Noble.com opened its online store (www.bn.com) in March 1997. Prior to October 31, 1998, the Web site was operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. On October 31, 1998, Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Bertelsmann AG formed barnesandnoble.com llc ("Barnes & Noble.com"), a Delaware limited liability company which they owned 50/50, to own and operate the Barnes & Noble.com business. In connection with the initial public offering for the Barnes & Noble.com business completed on May 25, 1999, barnesandnoble.com inc. (the "Company") was formed as a Delaware corporation. Substantially all of the outstanding common stock of the Company is Class A Common Stock owned by the public and traded on NASDAQ under the Symbol BNBN. The Company is a holding company whose sole asset is its 29.8% interest in Barnes & Noble.com, and whose sole business is acting as sole manager of Barnes & Noble.com. Through direct membership interests in Barnes & Noble.com and ownership of common stock in the Company, as of September 30, 2003 Barnes & Noble, Inc. owned a 74.7% equity interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Barnes & Noble, Inc. increased its interest to that level on September 15, 2003 by acquiring the entire 36.8% equity interest of Bertelsmann AG in Barnes & Noble.com.


When did Barnes & Noble.com go public and at what price?

Barnes & Noble.com completed its initial public offering ("IPO") on May 25, 1999. The IPO price was $18.00 per share. The Company raised more than $486 million, net of commissions and expenses, making it the largest Internet IPO at the time.


Where is Barnes & Noble.com traded?

Barnes & Noble.com is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol BNBN.


When does Barnes & Noble.com's fiscal year end?

Barnes & Noble.com's fiscal year ends December 31st.


What is the relationship between Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Barnes & Noble.com?

As of September 30, 2003, Barnes & Noble, Inc. owned a 74.7% equity interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Barnes & Noble, Inc. increased its interest to that level on September 15, 2003 by acquiring the entire 36.8% equity interest of Bertelsmann AG in Barnes & Noble.com.


What is the ownership structure of Barnes & Noble.com?

The Barnes & Noble.com Web site is owned and operated by barnesandnoble.com llc ("Barnes & Noble.com"), a Delaware limited liability company. barnesandnoble.com inc. (the "Company") is a Delaware corporation that is the sole manager of Barnes & Noble.com. Substantially all of the outstanding common stock of the Company is Class A Common Stock owned by the public and traded on NASDAQ under the Symbol BNBN. The Company is a holding company whose sole asset is its 29.8% interest in Barnes & Noble.com, and whose sole business is acting as sole manager of Barnes & Noble.com. Through direct membership interests in Barnes & Noble.com and ownership of common stock in the Company, as of September 30, 2003 Barnes & Noble, Inc. owned a 74.7% equity interest in Barnes & Noble.com. Barnes & Noble, Inc. increased its interest to that level on September 15, 2003 by acquiring the entire 36.8% equity interest of Bertelsmann AG in Barnes & Noble.com.


Where is the company's headquarters?

76 Ninth Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10011


Who is the transfer agent for Barnes & Noble.com?

Mellon Investor Services
44 Wall Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10005


Does Barnes & Noble.com distribute dividends or have a Direct Stock Purchase Plan?

Barnes & Noble.com has never declared or paid cash dividends on its common stock. The Company currently intends to retain all future earnings to finance future growth, and therefore does not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future. The Company currently does not offer a Direct Stock Purchase Plan.


How can I get financial documents mailed to me?

If you would like to receive an Investor Kit, our Annual Report, Proxy Statement or our most recent 10-Q by mail, please complete a request on our Information Requests page.


How can I contact Barnes & Noble.com's Investor Relations?

You can reach Barnes & Noble.com's Investor Relations department via e-mail at investorrelations@barnesandnoble.com or write to us at: Barnes & Noble.com Investor Relations Department, 76 Ninth Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10011.