Did you know that in 1815 a 3-volume novel cost the equivalent of $100 today? Such a price placed a novel beyond the reach of most people. Then, as now, circulating libraries provided a place to gather, relax, and engage in leisurely pursuits.
That being said, I'm headed to the library to return the T'ai-Chi For Dummies book I've checked out and renewed three times. I just have far too much writing to get done!
You can read more about the circulating libraries in Regency England [here].