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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.

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.

Introducing the Reading Habit Bookplate

It's with great excitement that I launch the first piece of Reading Habit merchandise - the Reading Habit Bookplate! It's not your traditional illustrated black and white bookplate. It's fun, quirky and full of colour - just the thing to brighten up your much-loved book collection.

Reading Habit's 5 Best: Reasons to Buy Second Hand Books as Christmas Gifts

Even though the climate change debate has changed our shopping habits somewhat, the mere thought of buying second hand goods as Christmas gifts is still a little on the nose to most. As a second hand book dealer Iíve never really understood this. There are so many advantages to buying used goods, books in particular, that it just seems ridiculous to always buy new. So, in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to purchasing used books as Christmas gifts, and to be honest used goods in general, Iíve come up with five reasons to buy second hand this Christmas.

Reading Habit's Top Ten: Influences on the Value of a Second Hand Book

As a second hand bookstore operator I often get asked to value a book. In most cases, the book in question isnít worth much more than $10 or $20 and I watch as a wave of disappointment creeps across the customers face. This disappointment generally stems from the common misconception that if a book is old it must be worth something. This is a complete falsehood. Whilst age can contribute to the value of a book, the most important indicator of a bookís value is its rarity. For a book to be considered rare it must be more than scarce. It must be scarce relative to the demand for it. All that considered, letís look at what different characteristics can make a book rare and thus influence its value.

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