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Coles Book Stores

Brothers Carl and Jack Cole opened the first Coles store in 1940 in Toronto. Coles expanded across Canada, bringing an innovative style to book retailing, with bookstores that were accessible and exciting. Coles also created the now world-famous Coles Notes student study guides. In 1980, Coles opened one of the original book superstores, the 67,000 square foot World's Biggest Bookstore, in downtown Toronto.

Under the ownership of Southam Inc., Coles continued to expand throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and there are Coles stores in every province in Canada. In 1994, Southam sold Coles to Pathfinder Capital and in April 1995, Coles and SmithBooks merged to form Chapters Inc.

SmithBooks Bookstores

SmithBooks (then called W.H. Smith) first opened in 1950 in Toronto. The bookstore chain, a division of the venerable U.K. company, expanded across Canada, and acquired Classic Bookshops in 1985. In 1989, the company became Canadian-owned and the name was changed to SmithBooks when it was purchased by Federal Industries. In 1994, Pathfinder Capital acquired SmithBooks; in April 1995, SmithBooks and Coles merged to form Chapters Inc.

Chapters Online Inc.

Chapters Online Inc. (TSE:COL) is a Canadian e-commerce company that operates, a leading Canadian destination for online shoppers seeking books, music, videos and DVDs. Committed to providing a convenient and hassle-free e-commerce experience, offers a secure shopping environment, easy-to-use search tools and industry leading customer service. also supports the growth of Canada's e-commerce industry operating one of the Internet's leading affiliate programs for website owners. Chapters Online is the recipient of the Retail Council of Canada's Excellence in Retailing Award 2000 for its achievements as Canada's leading online retailer.

In September 1999, Chapters Online became a publicly traded company, separate from Chapters Inc. Chapters Inc. (TSE:CHP), (now Indigo Books and Music Inc.) retains a majority ownership stake in Chapters Online and together the companies operate e-commerce kiosks at all Chapters stores across Canada.

On July 27, 2001, the Special Committee of Chapters Online Inc. (TSE:COL), headed by Tom Stephenson of Sequoia Capital, agreed in principle to terms under which Indigo Books and Music Inc. would purchase all outstanding shares of Chapters Online not already owned by Indigo Books and Music Inc. on the basis of one Chapters common share for every 7.14 common shares of Chapters Online. The transaction will result in the issuance of approximately 758,000 Chapters common shares to the minority shareholders of Chapters Online.

Campus Bookstores

Indigo Books and Music Inc. has a controlling interest in the Canadian division of Barnes and Noble College Bookstores, Inc., through Campus Bookstores. The company has contracts to manage the McGill University Bookstore in Montreal, Cambrian College in Sudbury and Northern College in Timmins, and provides services to several other college bookstores. Indigo also provides textbooks to the Centre for Innovative Management at Athabasca University, Canada's largest virtual university. The company is pursuing other college bookstore management contracts.
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