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Amazon Could Finish off Barnes & Noble by Buying it

Here's why Amazon could buy Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble (BKS) - Get Barnes & Noble, Inc. Report is now up for sale, but nobody, it seems, has mentioned Amazon (AMZN) - Get, Inc. Report in the sweepstakes for the embattled book retailer. 

An auction wouldn't be much of a sweepstake. And that's exactly why Amazon should try to buy. Amazon can outbid anybody for B & N, which is less than $400 million in market cap, while Amazon has about $20 billion in cash on hand. 

For Amazon, why not just take whatever market share B & N has in the book market and sell on its platform? Amazon could just add to its books inventory.

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The only question, in my mind, is what to do with B & N's real estate. Does Amazon want start looking for buyers of buildings it would inherit?

In any event, stay tuned for TheStreet's coverage of Barnes & Noble all day Thursday Oct. 4. Also, check out the stock of the day, Constellation Brands (STZ) - Get Constellation Brands, Inc. Class A Report

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