Book exchange celebrates 15 years in business
LEA’S Book Exchange is celebrating its 15th birthday this year and owner Lea Payne is inviting everyone to help celebrate by checking out the latest range of new and second hand books available in store.
Mrs Payne has been selling books in the Whitsundays for more than 20 years and first registered her business name in 1999.
Her business started its life as a small stall at the Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets and moved to a permanent location in Pavilion Arcade before relocating to its current position next to the Airlie Beach Lagoon in 2003.
The boutique book exchange stocks an extensive range of second hand books that are stored in alphabetical order of author across different genres of non-fiction, horror, crime, general, Australian and local authors, thrillers, travel, classics, romance and westerns to name a few.
“I search for little gems everywhere and also source recently published novels overseas before they are published in Australia to meet demand,” Mrs Payne said.
Some of the new releases hot off the press include The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Down Under by Bill Bryson, the international best seller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and popular series Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali’s Hidden Drug World by Kathryn Bonella will also be in stock soon.
Residents are welcome to donate, sell or exchange their unwanted books and can receive a 50 per cent cash back when they return a second hand book that was originally purchased from the store.
The store also stocks a range of beachwear, toys, scenic postcards, bookmarks, travel guides, comics, magazines and other novelty gift items.
INSPIRE YOURSELF: Lea's Book Exchange owner Lea Payne offers a 50 per cent cash back on all books when book lovers return a second hand book that was originally purchased from the store.