I also love bookstores, I can hang out in them for hours. I hate to see shops like that close because soon there will be no reason to go out and shop.
The concept of "browsing" while shopping is disappearing, along with downtown shopping districts and walking zones.
Tge world is gettinjg far too car and WWW oriented. People NEED to get outside and see other people. It is good for the mind.
I know- I work at home and live in a real car-town. I rarely even have a good reason to leave my house. It's sad. I miss NYC.