At that time doctors made up their own prescriptions after diagnosing what was wrong with their patients. The cost of prescriptions were high and this often stopped the poor from receiving the medical help they needed. Boot decided to break this monopoly by employing E. S. Waring, a young chemist, to provide prescriptions. On average the cost of these prescriptions were less than half those charged by the doctors. This was a great success and helped Boot expand his business.By 1896 Jessie Boot owned sixty shops in twenty-eight different towns. Jessie's wife, Florence, played an active role in the business. It was her idea to rent books in their chemist shops. The Boots' Book-Lovers Library charged borrowers 2d per book.