BOSTON -- As more students struggle with developing their reading skills, global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a ground breaking program aimed at utilizing technology to develop a love for learning. The partnership offers schools the opportunity to acquire award-winning HMH digital titles on pre-loaded Barnes & Noble NOOK Readers. For the first time in its illustrious history, HMH will provide bundles of its digital titles for schools, which will arrive in classrooms pre-loaded on Barnes & Noble NOOK Color™ and NOOK Simple Touch™ Readers. The titles, which were carefully vetted by HMH’s team of literacy specialists, are specifically categorized for students at each grade level. Many of the titles, including HMH favorites like Island of the Blue Dolphins, Gathering Blue, and The Willoughbys, are age-appropriate, International Reading Association (IRA)-recommended selections. “As one of the world’s largest providers of K-12 educational content, we aim to change students’ lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. This partnership with Barnes & Noble will ensure that students are inspired and encouraged to continue their learning through a love for reading,” said Linda K. Zecher, President and CEO, HMH. “By giving students access to quality content in a format that lets them consume it anytime, anywhere, we hope to increase overall student achievement and engagement.” Schools can choose between new or refurbished NOOK Readers. The devices will be pre-loaded with quality digital content with appropriate titles bundled for students in all grades K-12. The partnership offers schools a tremendous value, while providing a clear path to digitization of a school’s reading program. “We’re excited to partner with HMH to give schools and students this unique opportunity to bring digital reading and continued learning to students all over,” said Jim Hilt, Vice President of eBooks at Barnes & Noble. “One of Barnes & Noble’s core values is to encourage children to read more, and providing our award-winning NOOK Readers to schools is a great way to make that happen.” For full information on purchasing digital bundles, schools should call 855-592-2997 to speak with a customer service representative regarding full pricing details. About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company committed to changing lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 60 million students in 120 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com. About Barnes & Noble, Inc. 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 641 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 Associated 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet 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 Lvibrary™, 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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