Barnes & Noble, Inc. operates as a content, commerce, and technology company in the United States. It provides access to books, magazines, newspapers, and other content through its multi-channel distribution platform. It sells trade books, including hardcover and paperback consumer titles; mass market paperbacks, such as mystery, romance, science fiction, and other fiction; children’s books; eBooks and other digital content; NOOK products comprising NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Wi-Fi 1st Edition, NOOK Color, NOOK Simple Touch, NOOK Tablet, and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight eBook reader devices and related accessories; bargain books; magazines; gifts; cafe products and services; educational toys and games; music; and movies. The company sells its products directly to customers through its bookstores and on barnesandnoble.com. It also sells textbooks and course-related materials, emblematic apparel and gifts, trade books, school and dorm supplies, and convenience and cafe items in college and university campuses. The company provides new and used textbooks, as well as textbook rental services; and electronic textbooks and other course materials through NOOK Study, a proprietary digital platform. As of June 28, 2012, the company operated 691 bookstores in 50 states, as well as 641 college bookstores serving approximately 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities in the United States. Barnes & Noble, Inc. also operates its eBookstore, as well as provides NOOK eReading software. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in New York, New York.