“We received a tip from an unproven source claiming to have knowledge of discussions within Apple to possibly purchase Barnes & Noble,” Jonathan S. Geller reports for BGR.

“While this might seem like a strange move at first, it actually makes a whole lot of sense,” Geller writes. “Apple would be able to take Barnes & Noble’s vast digital library of books and publications, and fold them into Apple’s own iBooks store.”

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Geller writes, “Apple would have no use for the NOOK, and that would likely be discontinued in this scenario. Apple could then convert some of the brick and mortar Barnes & Noble stores into Apple stores and close the rest.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]