(Reuters) - Activist investor Sandell Asset Management Corp wants Barnes & Noble <BKS.N> to try to sell itself again, saying the bookstore chain will benefit from a new owner, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Sandell has recently bought a stake in Barnes & Noble and is among its top 10 investors, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Barnes & Noble could attract a bid of more than $12 a share, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a letter from Sandell.

Based on Monday's closing share price of $7.10, Barnes & Noble's market value is about $515 million.


John Malone's Liberty Media Corp <FWONA.O> proposed buying Barnes & Noble for $1.02 billion in 2011, but ended up investing in preferred shares it could convert into a stake later.

In 2014, Liberty sold almost all its stake, ending a nearly three-year bet that the retailer would emerge as a dominant seller of e-books.

Barnes & Noble and Sandell were not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours.

(Reporting by Parikshit Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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