I am sad that many book shops are closing. Having worked in a book shop for a few years while at university and at the beginning of my career they are my favourite type of shop. I love a good browse. It's a feeling that Amazon or the Book Depository are never going to be able to replace.
However, a few of my friends (and my Mum) now swear by their kindles. They say they are very convenient and they are reading more than ever. I am considering getting one although I do feel they are single function devices (I know you can get email on them but I have an iPad for that). I have been using the kindle app on the iPad and that has been fine but it's been winter so there hasn't been any screen glare! I am still considering the benefits of being able to own a book within 30 seconds of buying it rather than having to wait (if I buy online). And the fact that my bookshelves are overflowing and I'd need to buy a bigger house to add any more shelving!
Then recently I discovered this really interesting innovation from the School of Life (website definitely worth a visit generally. I love their alternative sermons, check out Ken Robinson on Passion).
They have Bibliotherapy. Either in person or over the phone, you discuss your past reading and what you're looking for in life e.g. inspiration, help with mending a broken heart etc. You then get a prescription; a list of recommended books.
Here are some sample prescriptions to give you an idea.
I think it's a great idea. It costs 70 pounds for an individual one to one consultation in London (or can be done by phone or Skype). I'm going to have a think about what I would like to read about and am seriously considering giving it a try. I'll let you know if I do!