DealBook: Barnes & Noble Chairman to Bid for Retail Business

The chairman of Barnes & Noble plans to bid for the retail business of the bookstore chain he started 40 years ago, as the company struggles with a changing competitive landscape.

On Monday, Leonard S. Riggio told the company’s board that he would make an offer for Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and other retail assets. The proposal would not include the e-book division, Nook Media.

Like many retailers, the company is confronted by waning profit in its core business, as online retailers and other competitors gain market share.