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Some of the people that I get to meet have so many diverse interests. I find it very interesting to learn all about the books that I’m asked  to find some of which are very rare indeed

From collectors like JB & his passion for Ion L Idriess books he collects sets of these very collectible books, if you want a first edition & signed with a dust jacket, you will have to pay a premium. From gold mining, diamond hunting tin mining, Then he also wrote about some of our early heroes,  Reverend John Flynn, Sir Sidney Kidman and also The Australian Guerilla series

Then there collectors of the Australian Series by Vivian Stuart a 12 books series with the The Exiles first published in 1979, years before The Potato Factory, Thommo & Hawk, Solomon’s Song, which was later published by Viking Bryce Courtenay’s The Australian Trilogy a very nice publication.

I also get people that collect old favorites like Capt W E Johns Biggles series we cannot forget Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, Secret Seven, Noddy.

Another of my book collecting friends is CJW he is a very specialized collector of any rare or limited editions of books about the Beatles you know that group from the 1960’s He has only just got online so his hunting has become more focused but some of his books are very expensive, such as Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day In The Life of Sgt. Pepper. One of a limited print run this sure to become a collectors edition over time.

Then there is my other friend, he is also a avid collector of the Matthäus Merian  beautiful artwork books with fantastic drawing of old cities throughout Europe, similar to Samuel and Nathaniel Buck’s both of which he has a very large collection.

Then there is the collectors of comic’s, books on movie stars, cooking books, I also have people that collect books on Rugby League, or it could be a Nancy Cato book.

I collect books on many subjects, but my main loves are

  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Yacht Design
  • Australiana
  • Watercolor Art

But like all good things I have to part with them sometime, later rather than sooner. No doubt I will meet some more book collectors hunting for those hard to find titles.

If you happen to be looking for a book then please call me on 0447 330 911


Jim Owens

Lake Macquarie Secondhand Books

3/33 Advantage Avenue

Morisset NSW 2264


Since the advent of the internet you can find books nearly anywhere. From well worn used copies of James A Michener’s Hawaii to more modern works like Tim Winton’s The Riders one thing is certain you won’t have trouble finding those titles and many other titles.

But then there are also books you will always have trouble tracking down maybe it was a limited production run or anyone of a multitude reasons that lead to a small production run of this title. I know I could list thousands of titles like this.

So where do you find that old used book?

A more direct list reads like this.

  1. AbeBooks.com
  2. BookFinder.com
  3. BookFinder4You
  4. Amazon
  5. ebay
  6. Lake Macquarie Secondhand Books
  7. Google Books

Only the last one Lake Macquarie Secondhand Books will let you ring and talk to an expert.

this service runs from 6.00 am in the morning till around midnight 7 days per week 365 days per year.

Sure you can send us an email, make an inquiry that way if thats what you want.

I know that most of the time when I buy books on the net I just look at it read the description very slowly once, twice even three times, then I order it, if its a more expensive book then I might ask for a picture, or a more detailed description, I usually get express post, less time for damage.

In over 7 years of buying all sorts of used books on the net from so many different countries that I have lost count, from very cheap paperbacks, to very expensive copies of rare books worth thousands of dollars.

With only a hand full of these books have I been disappointed. I can tell you the titles for those just nosey here they are When Rabbits Howl by Truddi Chase, Above the World by Dick & Pip Smith they were just so wrong, bad description a sign of the complete ineptitude of the bookseller, you can be assured that I will not support them again. It usually happens that you will get a better book in the near future. This is some form of karma for used book dealers the theory of which I alone experience every day.

Does this make me the Clint Eastwood of book sellers? Well no not really but sometimes my imagination goes wild a kind of “Do you feel lucky punk”? Well when it comes to finding used books yes Clint I do!  Yes Clint I’am very lucky. Or email Jim Owens for all your used book needs.

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