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Barnes & Noble, Inc.the world’s largest bookseller, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc., a leading contract operator of college bookstores in the United States, in a transaction valued at $596 million, or approximately $460 million net of College’s cash on hand on the expected closing date.

College operates 624 college bookstores through multi-year management services contracts, serving nearly 4 million students and over 250,000 faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Founded in 1965, College has a diversified, predictable and growing revenue stream derived from the sale of textbooks and course-related materials, emblematic apparel and gifts, trade books, school and dorm supplies, and convenience and cafe items.

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