DirectGroup Bertelsmann has the following statement:

Guetersloh, Germany (ots) - Isolated reports indicate that Bertelsmann intends to merge its US book clubs with the stock market-listed Internet bookseller Barnesandnoble.com. This statement is incorrect and has no basis in fact.

The integration of BOL.com and Clubs to transform Bertelsmann's direct-to-customer businesses - with their 55 million customers -into a community-based venture refers exclusively to the European and Asian market.

Bertelsmann has a 36 percent interest in Barnesandnoble.com.

Further Information is available: www.directgroup-news.de

ots Original Text Service: DirectGroup Bertelsmann
Internet: www.presseportal.de

Contact:
Gerd Koslowski, Vice President Communication, DirectGroup Bertelsmann,
Tel.: +49 (0) 5241 / 80-4 15 55E-Mail: Gerd.Koslowski@bertelsmann.de

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