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Book shops are becoming rarer these days. With the Internet stores taking over most of the book sales, it's hard to come across a great second-hand book shop.
Meet Leonid Kouvelis, a former English teacher with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Russian Literature; a passionate book collector from the time he was 17 years of age, with his first collection from Mr Sotheby's Book Shop.
Leonid started the book shop five years ago, when he became disillusioned by the educational department and quit. With his passion for books, he knew he could put his knowledge to good use and help educate others. Leonid's motto is "Reading is food for your brain".
There are over eight million books published annually. Whilst it would be impossible to stock every book, Leonid has a huge collection of pre-loved books, with the majority being out of print or have had a limited print run, making them rare/scarce. All books are personally selected by Leonid and he is happy to search through his stock if you are after something in particular.
You will find there is something for everyone with books ranging from true crime, UFO's, children's literacy, philosophy, numerology, ghosts, poetry, military, history, gardening, fiction and the list goes on and on.
Most of the books in the store are priced below $10. There are some more expensive books behind the counter.
Leonid has also written articles for bookshop blog and is in the thought process of writing a book about the shop.
The shop is open Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm and is conveniently located next door to Lilo Cafe on the Esplanade, Mornington, with Fisherman's Beach directly opposite.