A Christian book store has closed amid a “dramatically increase” in online purchases.

The store at the intersection of Queen and York streets, which has been in operation for nearly 50 years, announced Tuesday it will shut its doors at the end of the month.

“The demand for books is skyrocketing right now,” the shop’s owner, Mary-Lou Hickey, said in a statement.

“I’m getting a lot of emails asking me how I can continue doing what I do and I know there’s lots of people who are looking to buy books, but they’re not getting anywhere with the system.”

The store is one of several businesses that have recently been forced to close due to rising costs, particularly with the new digital age, according to the Canadian Association of Booksellers.

Hickey said that with the rise of the internet, it was time to close the store.

“I understand the need for bookstores to be in good shape and it’s really frustrating,” she said.

“It’s really hard to keep doing what you’re doing when you have such a huge demand for your books.”

The association said there is a “huge gap” between book buyers and bookstores.

“We think it’s important that the book industry remain open for business and continue to provide support to all book buyers,” association president and CEO Christine McQuaig said in an email.

The association has received reports of increasing online book sales.

Hickey said she has been contacted by customers asking for help with their books.

“It’s a difficult thing to do,” she added.

“We need to continue to grow our business, and that means making sure we’re providing the support that books need to keep their value up and stay relevant in an increasingly digital world.”

She said that if the association is forced to shut down her business, it will continue to be offered through an affiliate program.

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