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Gemstar, Barnes & Noble Reportedly Talk Deal

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Gemstar-TV Guide

(GMST)

reportedly has held preliminary talks with

Barnes & Noble

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about combining their businesses.

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Shares of Barnes Nobles closed up 88 cents, or 3.21%, to $28.13 in Big Board trading, while Gemstar-TV Guide was off $5.75, or 11.30%, to $44.69 on the

Nasdaq

.

According to

The Wall Street Journal

, the two companies have held talks over the past several weeks, but a deal is far from being reached. A spokeswoman for Barnes Noble reportedly said the two companies have discussed ways to exploit the e-book business but aren't contemplating a merger.