Gene's Books, Sanibel Island

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  • What a wonderful bookstore! Very beautiful, calm , fabulously displayed. Great employees from greeting you at the door to their knowledge of the inventory. My husband thought it really had that... 
    What a wonderful bookstore! Very beautiful, calm , fabulously displayed. Great employees from greeting you at the door to their knowledge of the inventory. My husband thought it really had that...  more »
  • First time at Gene’s and what a wonderful experience. Exceptional customer service! Vast selection of books! Can’t wait to return! Bruny Fullerton 
    First time at Gene’s and what a wonderful experience. Exceptional customer service! Vast selection of books! Can’t wait to return! Bruny Fullerton  more »
  • There were 5 different shops to peruse here with a wide variety of books. There was a particular employee whose name I forgot to ask who was extremely helpful-he was younger with dark hair and had an....  more
    There were 5 different shops to peruse here with a wide variety of books. There was a particular employee whose name I forgot to ask who was extremely helpful-he was younger with dark hair and had an....  more »
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  • This is an amazing place! The people that work there are so nice and helpful. I was so impressed by the amount of books and variety they have. It's a great place for adults and children. My only suggestion would be for them to have a little corner in Spanish. It is always nice to read some of the many classic novels in their original language.
  • This bookstore was such a cute find on our vacation. The prices were good and the selection was enormous. There were almost too many books to pick from! There are two locations for this shop, located right across Periwinkle. It’s not hard to get from one to the other. Definitely check out both if you can!
  • If you're on Sanibel for a trip and you love to read, you must set aside a couple of hours to go through all the buildings of Gene's Books. I love that they have such a variety of offerings. It's such a fun store to explore. I will mention that if you are someone who is wheelchair bound, the isles are very tight and some of the buildings would not be entirely accessible. The owner and employees utilize every square inch to display books so you may find yourself rolling into books stacked on the floor. This is the situation my daughter and I faced when she used her pediatric wheelchair. I loved shopping here and we weren't deterred by the book stacks, we just moved them. However, I would encourage the owner to borrow a wheelchair once a year and try out the store in the chair to see how it goes. 😁 All in all the store was classy, clean (even the spacious restrooms), and the employees were very helpful...and my daughter was thrilled to find books she loves in the children's section.
  • I worked at Gene's for almost 4 years, and I can honestly say it is such an amazing place. Independent bookstores are few and far between in general, and it is even more rare to find a bookstore with the volume and inventory that Gene's has. Gene's really does have something for everyone. The staff is one of most helpful and supportive you will ever find in retail. All of us love to read and my coworkers were some of the best people in general I have ever come across. If you're visiting sanibel, you have to stop by Gene's
  • My wife absolutely fell in love with this book store. She loved the vibe it had and the 5 different buildings it has. It has an amazing collection of all kinds of books at really fair prices. This is a must go to location on the island!

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