Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, book retailer Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Barnes & Noble's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Barnes & Noble facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York, N.Y. (1986)

Market Cap

$1.14 billion


Specialty stores

TTM Revenue

$5.07 billion


Founder/Chairman Leonard Riggio
CEO Stephen Riggio

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (over last three years)

(0.3%) and (19.9%)


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CAPS members bullish on BKS also bullish on


Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 82 of the 284 members who have rated Barnes & Noble -- some 29% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include AnnaDcc and All-Star jstegma, who is ranked in the top 0.2% of our community.

Just two days ago, AnnaDcc helped Fools read into the simple situation: "Book stores are being phased out (particularly overpriced ones) in favor of electronic alternatives & web-based book stores."

In an earlier pitch from May, jstegma also threw the bearish book at Barnes & Noble:

I rarely shop there. That might not be a fair assessment because I would describe myself as "functionally illiterate" … I don't read books on a regular basis. But at the same time, when things get a little tough, buying new books is something easy to cut. Used books, re-reading your old books, going to the library, borrowing books from friends, etc. Plenty of way to avoid becoming "functionally illiterate" like me without buying new books.

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