An avid reader has turned his love of books into a career.

Jason Reid has opened Reid Books bookshop in Eltham with his wife Shona. The shop sells new books, collectable books and slightly read books.

"I've always loved books. When I was a child I had the dream of opening my own bookshop," Jason says.

While Jason he loves every type of book, he particularly enjoys New Zealand history.

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"I'm trying to stock books by a lot of New Zealand authors."

Jason and Shona purchased the building and have been renovating it the past couple of months.

 Reid Books has a large collection of books.
Reid Books has a large collection of books.

"We've put a lot of work into our renovations and it's almost ready."

Jason says he loves Eltham.

"Eltham is a lovely place. I love the historical feel of the town, I thought it would be a great place to have a book store."

The community has been very supportive of the bookshop, he says.

"I've held a couple of pop-up book shops which have been successful. I'm very thankful for the support of the community."

Jason says he can't wait for the opening night.

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"There will be specials on the books and nibbles available."

He says bookshops are important.

"It's important to have a bookshop in a community. Bookshops are truly wonderful places."

■ Reid Books open night: Thursday December 5, 6.15pm until late.