TOWN OF ORANGE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- For years, people have been warning that online retailers like Amazon and electronic reading devices like the Kindle could be the end of the traditional bookstore, but two women in Orange didn't get that memo.
In February, Kathy Judge and Gerilee Hundt opened Books Bound2please on Main Street in the Town of Orange, confident that book lovers in the area would flock to them.
"What's not to love about books? There are so many different topics out there, and I like the actual book vs. the electronica because it's just so much more comforting and calming,” said Judge.
Two years ago, Judge relocated to Orange from Charlottesville, where she had worked in the downtown library. She says she adjusted to life in a smaller town quickly, but noticed something was missing.
“I realized that there really wasn't a book shop, and I love bookstores,” said Judge.
She befriended Hundt, who’d worked in publishing in Chicago before moving to Orange in 2007, and the two women bonded over their love of books. When Judge suggested in the fall that they open a bookstore together, Hundt jumped at the idea.
“I've always wanted to run a bookstore,” Hundt said.
Several months later, the two opened Books Bound2please, stocking the shelves with an array books in a variety of genres from cooking to history to science fiction. The store sells primarily used books but does also stock new titles that they believe will be of particular interest to their clientele.
Both women say they've been received warmly by customers like avid reader Sheila Hoffman, who works nearby at the Orange Pharmacy and stops in to browse frequently.
"Having a small town bookstore to help support our community as well as the education of our children is phenomenal," Hoffman said.
Hundt says she’s confident bookstores won't go away because books offer something other forms of media don't.
“You build relationships with authors, and you love them, and they serve a purpose in telling stories, in keeping us connected us with our past, with our history with the rest of the world in a way that you don't get in little bits on Facebook and things like that," Hundt said.
The store does accept book donations depending on condition. For more information, click on the link in the Related Links box.