When I was young there were bookshops everywhere. The town I was born in (11,000 inhabitants) had three bookshops; none as splendid as the one in this video. One was a real general bookshop — I still own the first book I ever bought for myself there. There was another substantial bookshop which was part of a small printing company/stationer, and the third was really more of a newsagent, selling popular books. We also had a bookstall at the railway station of course. The little village nearby had a decent bookshop too. Most people in Britain had easy access to a bookshop, and many did make use of them. Now the species seems to be endangered.
This charming video was delivered to me by Shelf Awareness: