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barnesandnoble.com to Acquire Fatbrain.com, Will Be Featured Bookseller on Yahoo!

barnesandnoble.com (http://www.bn.com) has announced that it will acquire Fatbrain.com, Inc. (http://www.fatbrain.com), the third-largest online bookseller specializing in professional and technical titles for the corporate marketplace. Under the terms of the deal, barnesandnoble.com will acquire Fatbrain.com in a merger, and Fatbrain.com will become a wholly owned subsidiary of barnesandnoble.com. The deal is valued at approximately $64 million. The transaction is subject to regulatory and stockholder approvals.

According to the company, Fatbrain.com's Web-based services reach more than 3.5 million employee desktops at almost 350 Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. The company's Information Exchange offering is a comprehensive, Web-based method to catalog, present, and distribute corporate materials, ranging from third-party published works such as books and training materials to a company's own publishable content. There are more than 500 individual Fatbrain.com co-branded online bookstores and information-resource centers, most of which are accessed via the sponsoring organization's corporate intranet.

With the acquisition, barnesandnoble.com would own approximately 50 percent of MightyWords, a provider of digital content and formerly a subsidiary of Fatbrain.com. Fatbrain.com also announced an e-book alliance with netLibrary, Inc. (http://www.netlibrary.com). Fatbrain.com will add netLibrary e-books to the solutions currently provided to their corporate customers. netLibrary will host, manage, and distribute e-books to complement Web-based bookstores and information-management systems available through Fatbrain.com.

Separately, barnesandnoble.com announced a marketing agreement with Yahoo! Under the alliance, barnesandnoble.com will be the premier bookseller featured throughout the Yahoo! directory (http://www.yahoo.com) and a featured merchant on Yahoo! Shopping. In addition, an in-store retail component of the agreement teams Barnes & Noble, Inc. and Yahoo! with Spinway, Inc. to develop a free, co-branded Internet service for Barnes & Noble retail customers. The service, which is expected to launch next month, will be promoted extensively in 551 Barnes & Noble stores across the country and will include the distribution of CDs to facilitate registrations.

Source: barnesandnoble.com



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