To the avid reader, there is truly nothing more satisfying than curling up with a book and getting lost in an amazing story. Now place yourself on a gulf front lanai or underneath a beach umbrella a brand new novel, autobiography or informational textbook. We know that many of our guests enjoy reading to relax during their Sanibel getaway and we would like to assist our current and future guests who may be looking for the best places to buy a book on Sanibel Island. With quite a few bookstores located on our small island, there are plenty of options that will leave you with the perfect reading material for you to enjoy during your getaway.

Lucky for you, two of our favorite and most popular island bookshops, Macintosh Books and Gene’s Books are located just steps away from each other!

Macintosh Books, located in Palm Ridge Plaza touts itself as a “Charming independent bookstore”—and we would have to agree! This island bookstore just moved to its new location to add to its inventory and provide better service to customers. Here you’ll find every kind of book you may be looking for, there is even a local author’s section! Check their events calendar for the chance to get up close and personal with your favorite authors during their popular meet and greet events.

Address: 2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, FL 33957

Phone: (239) 472-1447

Gene’s Books is impossible to miss as you drive down the famous Periwinkle Way. Located in an iconic and colorful building just off of our main thoroughfare, a stop into Gene’s is a must for every book lover that comes to Sanibel. From Mysteries to Music to Movies and More you will have a blast browsing the bookcases that line the shop from the floor to the ceiling and everywhere in between!

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Address: 2365 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

Phone: (239) 472-1446