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Gene's Bookstore

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Am I on the payroll ?

On vacation in Sanibel & decided to pop into the Gene's bookstore as we were travelling along... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greasby, United Kingdom
A Brick-and-Mortor Amazon

Incredible. It's the best books store in Florida, for sure, maybe in the entire Southeast. What... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alison L
St. Petersburg, Florida
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2365 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3208
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On vacation in Sanibel & decided to pop into the Gene's bookstore as we were travelling along Periwinkle. Wow! what a bookstore, from the outside it looks like a small store but when you open the door it is like Aladins Cave it goes on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible. It's the best books store in Florida, for sure, maybe in the entire Southeast. What an immense selection! Three entire cottages filled with books, sometimes floor to ceiling. We went in just for fun because we're bibliophiles. Thought maybe I'd buy a new book,...More

Thank Alison L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have never been to a bookstore with so many books and such variety. A heavy focus on literature and history from around the world. I found several gems and if I wasn’t flying home would have bought several more. Housed in a series of...More

Thank Mary N
Reviewed 21 August 2018

There's something about a book store overflowing with books that just makes me happy. I could spend hours in this lovely place. Yes, there were piles of books everywhere, but I personally loved that. Their prices really can't be beat. I always stop in and...More

Thank 566tammyy
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

First time in this bookstore and I think we caught them at a bad time. The place was knee deep in books and I mean knee deep. I was interested in books about music groups and they had a small room w a zillion great...More

Thank gschleiffer
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Recently visited Gene’s twice while in Sanibel. My first visit was brief as I was asked to move my vehicle and was no place to park. Second time I parked at a plaza up the street and walked. Took my two nieces the second time,...More

Thank dachsiemom2014
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Packed full of books of all kinds! As well as music & movies too! This shop was busy with adults & kids finding that new read! Also with a super friendly young man at the front desk! He sweetly greeted us as we walked in...More

Thank quietplease_10
Reviewed 25 July 2018

We go to Gene's books every time we visit Sanibel. This is what a book store should be. There is nothing like wandering through stacks and stacks of books.

Thank Saul F
Reviewed 12 July 2018

If you are looking for a book at an excellent price, go to Gene's Bookstore. I have never seen books arranged in such an assortment of ways. In bookshelves, walkways, windows, outside under cover, and more places that I can't remember. It is one of...More

Thank Catherine N
Reviewed 11 June 2018

Over 150,000 titles from around the globe (Books mostly but also DVD's, CD's). Wonderful, knowledgeable staff, great prices, amazing selection. Thank you Gene!!

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