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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.

Rememberance Day Offer: 10% Off All Reading Habit Second Hand Bookstore Stock

In honour of Rememberance Day 2011, our Reading Habit Online Second Hand Bookstore is offering a 10% discount on all of our stock. What better way to remember the sacrifices of our brave soldiers than to purchase a book from our Military/War catalogue.

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.

Launching the Reading Habit Social Networking Community

We've just extended the Reading Habit online network by launching our very own social networking community. Basically, it's a place where all the friends, fans and customers of Reading Habit, plus book lovers in general, can come together and share their love of books, particularly the secondhand, rare, antiquarian and collectible kind.

Reading Habit's 5 Best: Historical Naval Fiction Authors

On a recent book purchasing spree I was lucky enough to purchase a whole stack of different nautical fiction titles to boost our online second hand bookstore catalogue. It got me thinking about how a niche genre had maintained such a fanatically dedicated reader base for over a century. The naval fiction genre is littered with writing superstars who show unusual longevity and are incredibly prolific in terms of the number of titles they have penned. With my interest peaked I set out to find an online list of the top 10 best selling naval fiction authors of all time, but came up empty. I contemplated putting together a list of my own, but thought my selections might get crucified by the die-hard fans. Letís face it! With such a rich catalogue of authors and works to choose from, Iíve no doubt naval fiction fans could argue forever about who the top ten authors of all time are. What I can write about with authority are the authors that sell the most consistently through our online bookstore. Accordingly, this piece will shine a brief light on five of Reading Habitís best selling naval adventure fiction authors.

How to Create Your Own Online Reading Group or Book Club Page for Free

Iíve been a member of my local book group for almost 4 years now and it has introduced me to some wonderful books, but more importantly some wonderful people. Itís something I do for myself and I look forward to our gatherings every month. As a group weíve found it difficult to keep track of the books weíve read in the past and the ratings weíve given each title. Weíve tried keeping a little diary, but itís limited because only one person keeps it and the rest donít have access to it for most of the month. Weíve also found that as members leave and new members join, itís hard not to lose information in the process. Recently, I found a solution to our problem, and a free one at that!

Reading Habit's Top 10: Fictional Male Literary Characters

Just as certain books leave an indelible mark on our lives, so do particular literary characters, and in some cases these characters leave more of an impression than the book itself. Heroes, villains, mischievous scallawags, action men, and romantic protagonists, are just some of the traditional male fictional character profiles that endear us and enrich our reading experience. Putting a list together of my own top ten male fictional characters was difficult. At first, my list looked like that of a lovelorn romantic, but after some further thought and rationalisation, Iím really happy with the final result. Though the dashing heart throb is well represented, so are the evil villains, the father figures, the lost boys, and the heroes. In no particular order, Iíll get started.

Book Searchers, Collectors and Dealers - A New Facebook Community Page

I've always thought it would be great to have one place online where book dealers and book collectors could come together to share their mutual love of books.

How to Read an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

If youíve ever wondered how to read an ISBN and what all the numbers stand for then youíve come to the right place. To most, an ISBN is just a random assortment of numbers much like a bar code, but to those in the book industry itís a unique commercial book identifier. So how does one go about reading an ISBN?



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