Time for read­ing

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER - - CHAR­LOTTE DU­RUT

OUT­DOORS or in­doors, in bed or at the beach, read­ing can be en­joyed al­most any­where at any time.

Whether peo­ple pre­fer sci­ence fic­tion or ro­mance, there’s no bet­ter way to es­cape from the world than with an ab­sorb­ing read.

Week­end Shop­per can as­sist book lovers to ex­pand their home li­braries through its Books, Text­books, and Mag­a­zines sec­tion, which of­fers a range of pos­si­bil­i­ties.

These in­clude a range of chil­dren’s picture and story books as well as ti­tles by au­thors as var­ied as Jodie Pi­coult, Jamie Oliver, and Agatha Christie.

As the owner of The Book Hunter in Burpen­gary, Allen Hatch­well knows there’s noth­ing quite like a good book to help while away an hour or a day.

His sec­ond-hand book­shop stocks a wide range of hard to find books in­clud­ing his­tory, chil­dren’s, ro­mance, and lit­er­a­ture clas­sics.

Mr Hatch­well said he had a pas­sion for books and while re­cent tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances had seen ipads and e-books soar in pop­u­lar­ity, he still loved the smell and feel of a hard­copy book.

“I think read­ing is a won­der­ful, old-fash­ioned plea­sure,” Mr Hatch­well said.

“A book is also great value for money as you can go back to it again and again to en­joy it.”

Also pop­u­lar with book readers is the Life­line Book­fest, which is held twice ev­ery year in Jan­uary and June and sees crowds of peo­ple flood­ing into the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

In Jan­uary this year, more than two mil­lion books were sold at the event, some as cheap as 50 cents.

As a re­sult, $900,000 was raised for Life­line’s 24-hour cri­sis sup­port cen­tre.

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