RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- Harrison resident Nora Holmes has always liked the feel of a real book in her hands and shook her head when she found out her neighborhood Waldenbooks was closing down.
"They [book stores] have to compete with the Kindle and the iPad and they're losing business," said Holmes, 20, as she browsed the book bins outside Waldenbooks. "It's really unfortunate."
Waldenbooks' parent company, Borders, announced Monday that it would liquidate all of its stores by the end of September after declaring bankruptcy.
The mood was somber inside Rye Brook Waldenbooks with staff facing unemployment and customers lamenting the impending loss of the bookseller that has been around since 1984.
The store manager was not allowed to speak on the exact details of the closure and requests for comment from Borders pubic relations manager Mary Davis were not answered in time for publication.
Holmes said she heard about the closure through a friend's Facebook update, and living close to the Rye Brook border, the store has been her nearest bookstore.
She recently took time off from college to figure out what she really wants to study and has been reading a lot more with the extra time.
"I read a lot of self-help books because I believe in improving myself," said Holmes, although she also has a penchant for crime and mystery novels.
For her, book stores provide a sanctuary from the digital information-driven world of computers, the Internet and smartphones.
"There's a certain calm and peace when you walk in a book store," she said. "You're not on some gadget with so many other distractions. It's therapeutic."
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