Choice is one of the most important aspects of normal life that often tends to be missing when living in a country with a foreign language. Having alternatives suddenly becomes something that seemed natural and mostly taken for granted.
That holds true especially when it comes to books and films. Yes the web helps. Streaming movies or ordering books online are both easy. But even though English language books may be rare and choice most likely limited in the new location, nothing beats browsing through paperbacks before making a decision to buy.