Who We Are


ISLAND BOOKS is a locally owned independent bookseller serving Newport County since 1993.  Our centrally located store in Wyatt Square in Middletown proudly serves both the year-round and seasonal communities of Aquidneck Island.  Rhode Island Monthly has named ISLAND BOOKS the best independent bookstore in Newport County every year since 2006.

At ISLAND BOOKS, we pride ourselves on our carefully chosen selection of titles in fiction, biography, history and current issues. We are the best around for books of local-interest, and have a robust selection of cookbooks and books about gardening and green living. Rounding out our wide-ranging inventory are sections in art, business and personal growth.  Of course, no bookstore is complete without a children’s section full of classics and new favorites for all ages.  Ours is second to none!

Just as important as our books is our outstanding service.  Our booksellers delight in helping our customers find just the right book.  If there is a title that is not on our shelves, we will order it for you, and in most cases have it in your hands in just a couple of days.  We are the partner of choice for local schools, businesses and non-profits.

At ISLAND BOOKS we love what we do and it shows.  We hope to see you soon.



575 E. Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842


Judy Crosby, Proprietor


Best Bookstore in Newport County Since 2006




Celebrating 25 Years!

25 Years! I can't believe it! Time sure flies when you're working hard and having fun!

My thoughts about what to write to commemorate this anniversary have been all over the map. 25 years is a lot to cover in this small space so I have decided to boil it dow to the three most important pieces; you, our loyal customers, us, your devoted booksellers and, of course, the books! 

I'll start with the books. I decided it would be fun to highlight our favorite from each year since we opened, so both Gary and I compiled lists of our picks each of these past 25 years. I also asked each staff member to pick their favorite from each year they've worked at ISLAND BOOKS. That amounts to close to 100 great titles which are all 25% OFF for the rest of the month. We will have a special display of these titles with a bookmark in each telling you who chose it and for which year. A lot of thought has gone into these selections and choosing was not easy for any of us! I spent some of the snow day putting everyone’s picks together for the display and though there are some books common to our lists it’s really a diverse collection of excellent titles. I hope you'll stop by and check them out!

I have been blessed over these years to have the best booksellers around on my team and all for many years. Today Mimi keeps the store looking beautiful and well put together all the time, and picks out the best selection of greeting cards around.  Nancy receives the books as they come in (a never ending task), gets them out on the shelves for you to find, and selects the best books out there for our bargain table. Pat manages our incomparable local section, helps me in myriad ways behind the scenes to run a ship-shape shop and is a pro at finding you that perfect book. Rita has been a joy to work with...always going the extra mile to make you all feel right at home - we will miss her as she and her husband truly retire. And, last but not least, Sally makes me look good and sound smart week after week in this newsletter - it would not get done if left to me to do! A good bookstore has good books but a great one has extraordinary booksellers!  I am grateful to my team!

You, our customers - what can I say but thank you, thank you thank you. Without you and your support over these 25 years we would not have survived the challenges we've faced in this business, and because of you we have truly thrived! I am extremely grateful for your loyalty and your business - they reinforce my belief that an independent bookstore is an important part of any community.

So, please join in the celebration! This week (Sat. 3/17-Sun. 3/25) In addition to the 25% OFF our favorites we are offering 25% OFF any book in the store OR $25 OFF a purchase of $100 or more! We will also have daily raffles, refreshments and some giveaways through out the week. Print the coupon here or mention seeing this when you stop in and see us!

Happy Reading! - Judy

P.S. We also have those handsome bags we're holding for sale!

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