Are the Parts Greater Than the Whole Here?

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Austin Smith, consumer-goods editor and analyst, and David Williamson, health-care editor and analyst, discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin and David discuss the recent rumors that Barnes & Noble may be spinning off its successful Nook division. There's no doubt the company has been hurting lately, but could the Nook stand on its own legs?

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