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Back to School Discount for Teachers

Hereís one for the teachers amongst us! Weíre offering a 10% discount on all our teacher/education resources until the end of January 2013.

Xmas Giveaway - 50 Bales of Hay - Rachael Treasure

Courtesy of our friends at Harper Collins, we have a copy of Fifty Bales of Hay by Rachael Treasure to giveaway. To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on one of our blogs (including this one). Entries are open until 5pm EST on Friday 21st December 2012. The competition is open to residents of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and the UK. The winner of the competition will be announced on Monday 24th December 2012. Good luck and Merry Xmas to everyone!!

The Book Lover's Storage Box That Inspired An Epitaph

Last week I was given the opportunity to purchase a home made storage box that featured the title and author of the maker's favourite books. Even though it was a bit knocked around this kind of one-off creation was right up my alley, so for just $5 AUD I couldn't refuse.

What's the Difference Between an 'Inscribed Copy' and An 'Inscription'?

One of the more common errors made by the book buying public is that they assume the word inscription implies the signature of the author is present. Book terminology can often be confusing, particularly if you donít spend a lot of time in the field, so I thought Iíd take a moment to clear this one up.

What Types of Books Do You Like to Collect?

In my line of work I am constantly amazed at the weird and wonderful types of books people like to collect. You always come across the bibliophiles who collect things like modern first editions. These collectors are the norm. Itís the offbeat ones that always raise an eyebrow for me. Iím intrigued to know why they collect what they collect, and how their obsession started. It got me to thinking what crazy book collecting habits are out there in the book-o-sphere.

Notes in the Margins: Good or Bad?

Iíve had a copy of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom sitting on my shelf to read for some time. This particular copy of the book was originally in my second hand bookstore inventory, but I removed it because firstly I wanted to read it, and secondly because in my view it was close to unsellable. Almost every page had notes in the margins, pink highlighted passages or underlined quotes. You can see what I mean in the image to your left.

Win a $100* Gift Voucher for Reading Habit Online Second Hand Bookstore

During the month of February, to celebrate the National Year of Reading in Australia, Reading Habit is offering you the chance to win a $100* gift voucher to use in our online bookstore. There are three simple ways to enter the giveaway.

Have You Ever Read a Book That Changed Your Life?

Once in a while a book comes along that has a profound influence on you. So much so that the experience of reading it actually compels you to make changes in your life. Personally, this has only ever happened to me a handful of times, but just last week I finished a book that left me feeling empowered and ready to tackle some of my own demons.

The National Year of Reading and My 2012 Reading Challenge

If you're not already aware 2012 is The National Year of Reading in Australia. Many of my customers and friends have been asking me just what this campaign is all about and I've had to admit to being ignorant of exactly what the initiative is trying to achieve. Now, having done some research, I thought what better way to answer your questions than to blog about it.

What Books Did You Get for Christmas?

With Christmas and New Year now fading into memory I thought it time to brag about what books I got for Christmas. It's one of my favourite things to post about on the blog and I hope you'll share what you received with me as well. I admit to doing pretty well in the book department this year, receiving five amazing books as gifts, some of which I've already polished off.

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