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Dear Fellow Booklovers,

                                                                                                                                                                            June 26, 2019  

Dear Fellow Booklovers, 

It is with mixed emotions that we write you today with some news…in working toward retirement we’ve decided our next step is to sell the bookstore. For over 25 years (a quarter of a century!), ISLAND BOOKS has been a fixture on Aquidneck Island, and your support has made us one of our community’s treasured institutions. As we plan our next chapter it is time to find a new steward of our beloved bookstore.

Have no fear! Things will continue to run as they always have here at ISLAND BOOKS for the foreseeable future. We are not going anywhere until we know that this bookstore we care so much for is in the best of hands…the hands of someone who can make it better and stronger as we head into 2020 and beyond. We are confident just the right person will step up!

To that end, we’re hoping that you – or someone you know – will want to be the next owner of ISLAND BOOKS, and see it remain a central part of our community.

When we opened the bookstore in 1993, we did so with the belief that it was essential to create a sustainable enterprise for years to come - a business that would change with the times. Even now, in this age of electronic this and digital that, we are well-positioned to ensure that books and reading will remain at the forefront of our business. The key ingredients that will contribute to the success of a new owner are all in place: a loyal customer base, a dedicated, hard-working staff, the technology tools to remain current and relevant, and a beautiful retail space that appeals to customers of all ages. Besides that, we’re willing and able to provide the necessary resources to a new owner that will ensure a smooth transition.

All it takes is someone who is passionate about books and all that they represent, who genuinely loves people and wants to be of service, and who has good judgment and a good sense of what it takes to operate a retail business. The reason that we’re contacting you directly is that we know how much you care about ISLAND BOOKS, and perhaps might know someone – even a family member ready for a change of pace – who would enjoy being the owner of our community’s place for all things literary.

So, if you or someone you know would like to learn more about the opportunity to become the new owner of ISLAND BOOKS you can find more information on our website here but please feel free to email us at and we’ll tell you more about our business and its potential for a very bright future.

Thank you so much for your past and continued patronage and for your interest in seeing that ISLAND BOOKS serves more generations of readers for years to come.

With our warmest regards,  

Judy & Gary Crosby