Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-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 City (1986)

Market Cap

$1.1 billion


Specialty retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5 billion


CEO Stephen Riggio (since 2002)
CFO Joseph Lombardi (since 2003)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 3 Years)

(0.7%) and (21.6%)

1-Year Return


Cash / Debt

$96 million / $325 million

Competitors (NASDAQ:AMZN)
Borders Group (NYSE:BGP)

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 28% of the 350 members who have rated Barnes & Noble believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include lordmorgul and All-Star TMFMuse, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Last year, lordmorgul helped investors read the situation: "Lots of pressure from purely online and used book retailers, particularly Amazon, is really eating into the market here. Until people feel better about buying books at higher price intentionally [Barnes & Noble] is stagnant."

In a more recent pitch, TMFMuse also advised Fools to close the book on Barnes & Noble:

There's not much future for the best-seller bookstore. Online rules on prices and convenience, while bricks-n-mortars fade. [Barnes & Noble] is also late to the game on e-books and readers. There's a chance they could turn things around and find a niche (at least they're not Borders), but odds seem rather bleak.

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