Barnes & Noble Recognizes Strategic Partners Involved in the First-Ever Retail Mini Maker Faire® at Stores Nationwide, November 6-8

Major Partners and Leaders in the Maker Movement Include XYZprinting,
littleBits, Raspberry Pi and More

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail
bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and
educational products, is recognizing its strategic partners in its
one-of-a-kind Mini Maker Faire initiative that will be kicking off at
stores nationwide on Friday, November 6, through Sunday, November 8.
Barnes & Noble is launching the first-ever retail Mini Maker Faire
through a partnership with Maker Media, publisher of Make:
magazine and producer of Maker Faire. The robust program is made
possible through the support of leaders in the Maker Movement that share
Barnes & Noble’s commitment to tech literacy and experiential learning.
They include XYZprinting, littleBits, Raspberry Pi and more; who are
excited to be a part of the Maker movement as it expands to communities
across America at Barnes & Noble.

“XYZprinting is thrilled to partner with Barnes & Noble to show
customers nationwide that technology like 3D printing is attainable,
impactful and necessary in the home, office or classroom,” said Simon
Shen, CEO of XYZprinting
. “One of our core goals is to provide
communities with the tools they need to establish futures where
technology is ubiquitous, and there is no better partner than Barnes &
Noble – a company that already has close local and national connections,
and has always been a leader in literacy and tech literacy.”

“Our mission is to empower everyone to create inventions, large and
small, with our platform of electronic building blocks. Our partnership
with Barnes & Noble is a natural next step in advancing that cause,”
said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits. “We invite new
and experienced inventors from across the country to visit their local
Barnes & Noble during its Mini Maker Faire to witness firsthand how a
product like littleBits can have a meaningful impact on how their local
communities build, experiment and discover with electronics to reinvent
their worlds.”

“We set up a non-profit organization to create the Raspberry Pi so that
kids and adults everywhere could have a fun, affordable, accessible way
into computing and electronic making,” said Eben Upton, CEO and
founder of Raspberry Pi
. “Barnes & Noble’s support through its
nationwide Mini Maker Faire is invaluable in helping us spread that word
and work with makers across the USA – we’re really looking forward to
see what people create!”

Other major partners involved in Barnes & Noble’s Mini Maker Faire
include Ozobot, Sphero, Protocol, Spin Master, ELENCO,
ThinkFun, LEGO® and The
Extraordinaires Design Studio

Many of the CEOs, founders and product experts from the companies listed
above will be visiting Barnes & Noble stores nationwide throughout the
Mini Maker Faire. Customers should visit
to find out what special guests will be visiting their local store
and when. Customers should also visit
for more general information on Barnes & Noble’s Mini Maker Faire.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s
largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products. The Company operates 647 Barnes & Noble
bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (
The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK®
tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and
entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store
features more than 4 million digital books in the US (
and UK (,
plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the
ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through
Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS®
and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting
the Company’s corporate website at

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About Maker Media

Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other,
with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events
and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who
bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or
professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing
projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around
them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker
Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is
transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San
Francisco, Maker
is the publisher of Make:
and the producer of Maker
. It also develops “getting started” kits and books that are
sold in its Maker
store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to
a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make:
magazine,, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.


Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Vice President, Corporate Communications
McNamara, 212-633-3379
Director, Corporate Communications
Media, Inc.
Brita Muller, 818-554-5932
Digital Marcom & PR