Barnes & Noble, Inc. (Barnes & Noble) is primarily engaged in the sale of books. The Company's principal business is the sale of trade books (generally hardcover and paperback consumer titles, excluding educational textbooks and specialized religious titles), mass-market paperbacks (such as mystery, romance, science fiction and other fiction), children's books, bargain books, magazines, gift, music and movies direct to customers. As of February 2, 2008, the Company operated 798 bookstores and a Website. Of the 798 bookstores, 713 operate primarily under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers trade name (31 of which were opened during the fiscal year ended February 2, 2008 (fiscal 2007)) and 85 operate primarily under the B. Dalton Bookseller trade name. Barnes & Noble conducts the online part of its business through barnesandnoble.com llc (Barnes & Noble.com). Through Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. (Sterling or Sterling Publishing), the Company is a general trade book publisher.
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