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Barnes & Noble Chairman to Kick Off 2011 AAP Annual Meeting

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today that its 2011 Annual Meeting will kick off with a speech by Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS). The AAP Annual Meeting returns to its New York venue and will be held on March 9, 2011 at the Yale Club. Mr. Riggio will be the opening speaker at 9:45 a.m.

In making the announcement, AAP President & CEO Tom Allen said: “We’re delighted to have one of the most innovative and dynamic people in the book world as our opening speaker. Barnes & Noble’s position as a leader in bringing books and readers together, through its brick-and-mortar stores, its online retail operations (www.bn.com), and most recently through its family of eBook Readers (NOOK™, NOOK Wi-Fi and NOOKcolor™) give Mr. Riggio a unique perspective on where we are and where we may be headed, and we look forward to his sharing that vision with us.”

Program details and information on other speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Publishers are urged to mark their calendars now and make plans to attend what promises to be an exciting and informative gathering. The Yale Club has reserved a block of rooms for AAP members for the evening of March 8. Please call (212) 716-2100 to for room reservations. The deadline is February 1, 2011.

About AAP

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.