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About Us

Like most businesses of its' kind, Reading Habit (formerly Ambire Second Hand Books) was born out of a love of books and a desire to share the joy of reading.

In early 2001, Amber Cross (below) and Ireene Couzens (niece and aunty) kicked off a long talked about hobby of buying and selling secondhand books. Humble beginnings in a tiny suburban one-car garage slowly grew into a small family business operated out of a two-storey ten-car garage. And thus Reading Habit was born in late 2003. Now, with more than 40,000 fiction and non-fiction titles in stock, Reading Habit is one of the largest pre-loved bookstores in the Lake Macquarie region of NSW.

Amber Cross, Owner/Operator, Ambire Secondhand Books


Our mission has always been to provide quality secondhand books at low prices. We know that you read a lot and that this healthy addiction can often hurt the hip pocket. For this reason, we have opted for no shopfront and only sell online, via mail order and at local markets. This keeps our overheads low so that we can deliver you lower prices.

We have been members of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) since 2009 and are proud to abide by their charter and selling guidelines, so that you can rest assured that when you're dealing with Reading Habit, your dealing with experts in the field.



We hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and look forward to playing a big role in feeding your reading habit.

Happy Reading from Amber and Ireene!


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