B&N.com Expands Barnes & Noble University

New ``Premier'' Courses Added to Popular Free Course Offering
Barnes & Noble.com has announced the introduction of "Premier" courses at Barnes & Noble University, the online "university" that has offered hundreds of free online courses to over half a million students in Liberal Arts, Creative Writing, Languages, Life Improvement, Business, and Information Technology since 2000. The new Premier courses can be purchased either individually or by subscription and offer enhanced content, smaller class sizes led by experts, and course completion certificates and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the American Council on Education (ACE). A variety of free courses will continue to be offered.

All courses are open for enrollment and begin the week of October 7th, including over 50 Premier courses such as "Photoshop 6.0" and "Fundamentals of Project Management" to "Start Writing Fiction" by Gotham Writers' Workshop(r) and "Spanish for Beginners" from Living Language(r). A complete list of fall courses can be found at http://www.barnesandnobleuniversity.com/browse.asp.

"Barnes & Noble University has always offered students top quality courses on a wide array of topics taught by bestselling authors and other experts. Now, with Premier courses, we can offer deeper content, more instructor feedback, and smaller class sizes," said Len Gilbert, Vice President of Barnes & Noble.com Distance Learning. "We plan to add hundreds of new courses to our library in a variety of subject areas in the coming months."

In connection with the expansion of Barnes & Noble University, Barnes & Noble.com has partnered with some of the leading education content and service providers, including Element K, Gotham Writers' Workshop(r), and Living Language(r). Course materials are produced through B&N's print-on-demand services, creating a unique synergy between the university and B&N's publishing program. "It's part of what Steve Riggio has been building," Gilbert said. "There are a lot of things we can do with the print on demand, the most important of which is that we can brand the materials as B&N University."

Note: Barnes & Noble University is not an accredited program or institution.