NORTHVALE - An internationally known author is helping local independent book stores struggling as Kindles and other reading tablets become increasingly popular.

James Paterson is awarding grants to boost the book industry. Books and Greetings in Northvale is the only store in New Jersey to receive one of those grants, intended to fix up local stores or give back to the community.

Owner Kenny Sarfin says the value of paper books can't be ignored. "We try to encourage people and the children to grab a book and smell the book and hold the book and flip those pages," he says.

Paterson is known for his suspenseful thrillers, but also writes childrens' books. The author says he wants to get kids reading, and required book stores applying for the grant to have a childrens' section.

"We are going to buy books to donate to some schools in the Englewood and Teaneck area," owner Kenny Sarfin says. "We will help the high school my wife and I went to and also kids who might otherwise not be able to buy books they want to read."

Safrin did not reveal how much grant money he was awarded, but says it's enough to buy books for three different schools.

For an interview with Sarfin on the grant, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.