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Babushka Books/SHANKLIN/67 Regent Street
Babushka Books  Open at advertised times
67 Regent Street   SHANKLIN   PO37 7AE
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tel: 01983 652880  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.45.
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22.12.18. After nearly 7 years we have now moved from our little shop in Carter Road and have completed our takeover of The Shanklin Gallery (Regent St).

Pleased to see that the stock has expanded greatly since it was taken over last year. Now with a great selection of non fiction to go with the masses of p/b fiction. Looks cleaner, and much more organized. Came away with a little bundle and very happy!  Fei 17.04.09
Funky little bookshop, cool younger atmosphere, the ceiling is covered in pictures of their customers with their purchases! They had wifi too which was good, interesting window display too! will be back! - Coco   22.06.11
Recently relocated, now somewhat off the tourist trail, but presumably cheaper rent and more space.  Steve Newman 14.06.12
In their move Babushka books got in a muddle with biblio.com and consequently lost some sales, as some books never re-surfaced. However they gave exemplary service by crediting me with a higher value than the book originally ordered.  Mary C 26.07.12
Second visit to this small but well stocked shop. Great selection of titles and a good section on Isle of Wight books. I came away with two further books on Isle of Wight railways. Reasonably priced and a friendly, helpful owner.  SteveBrissle 09.09.16
Lovely little shop, excellent standard of books on a variety of subjects. Helpful owner. Well worth a detour. Note opening time now 1000. Sadly saw an advert in estate agents advertising shop for sale - hope it can keep as a going concern.  Norman Davies 31.05.18
I was a visitor many years ago and was delighted with this store and bought a number of books I could not find in the USA My particular interests are with illustrated books for children.  Jeanne Haarper 27.02.19
Always was one of the best bookshops on the Island, and following the recent move to larger premises even more stock displayed and far less cramped too. Wide selection of generally good quality books and reasonably priced too. Vintage typewriters and camera's also feature, and picture framing too. Diversification perhaps the way forward if bookshops are to survive these days. well worth a visit.  Steve Newman 02.07.19
My first visit to the larger shop and I was not disappointed. Two reasonably priced books purchased and a good selection of other books on the shelves confirmed this shop is always worth a visit.  SteveBrissle 28.11.19

Book Room/VENTNOR/Niton Country Stores
Book Room  Phone before travelling
Niton Country Stores  High Street  Niton   VENTNOR   PO38 2AT
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tel: 01983 730275 
Open:  Monday - Sunday 9.30 - 11.30, closed Wednesday.
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A general stores but with a large room at the rear stocked with good quality mainly non-fiction books. Not cheap (Observer books start at £8!) but well worth a look in if in the area. Apparently, the book part of the store is sourced by a chap called Stephen Wilkinson Fine Books, who lives a few hundred yards away. His phone number is 01983 730759.  Steve Newman 22.07.17
If this is the right shop opening hours are now 0900 to 1300 a few days a week and notice that owner might be in back garden anyway, Weird.  Norman Davies 31.05.18
I called in Friday 6th July just before 1pm and shop was shut. Typical of some Island shop's in the peak holiday season perhaps! Last year the same. No opening hours on the shop front either so best to call before you visit given the shop's remote location to other towns on the Island. Looking through the window the back room still seems to be full of books, not surprising perhaps with such restricted opening hours!  Steve Newman 10.07.18
I have now established the core Store opening hours are basically 930-1130am M-Sun but closed on Wednesdays. May be open outside these periods too, but best call first.  Steve Newman 10.07.18

Bookroom/YARMOUTH/Jirah Place
The Bookroom  Open at advertised times
Jirah Place   YARMOUTH   PO41 0NR
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tel: 01983 761756  e-mail 
Open:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Sunday 10.30 -4.30. Closed Tuesday & Thursday.
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Anything you can think of, we will have some thing on the subject - sailing a particular speciality. Just a few yards from the Lymington Yarmouth ferry terminal, a great little town to visit

A small bookshop but containing a remarkably large number and variety of books. Good both for holiday reads and for serious non-fiction, especially history and transport. Reasonable prices.  Mark 06.04.13
Very cramped; difficult to see books on shelves, decent stock but nothing for me. Worth a look if in North Wight.  Norman Davies 31.05.18

Books 2 Love/NEWPORT/53 Pyle Street
Books 2 Love  Open at advertised times
53 Pyle Street   NEWPORT   PO30 1XB
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tel: 01983 533494 
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Rather limited selection of mainly remaindered and paperback fiction but with a few nonfiction as well.  Steve Newman 06.10.10
Everytime I go in I enjoy my visit as they know their stock and can recommend books. The shop has a wide range of new and used books. I usually come out with a couple of books.  Soraia 30.11.12
This shop felt full of sunshine, it was bright and cheery and inviting and I enjoyed delving through boxes of books to find some unexpected gems.  bookshopblogger 18.12.13
I really dislike not recommending a real s/h bookshop, but I am afraid this was desperately disappointing with a very limited modern range.  Norman Davies 08.04.17
Best for used paperbacks on IW good large selection, many that just not obtainable via normal sources. I always ask if I don't see something particular, they have loads more upstairs. A bit of a muddle but always come out with something :-)) PS money goes to charity.  Debbie 22.12.19

Cameron House Books/FRESHWATER/Dimbola Lodge
Cameron House Books  Open at advertised times
Dimbola Lodge  Terrace Lane   FRESHWATER   PO40 9QE
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tel: 01983 754960 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Shop within an historic building which was once the home of Julia Margaret Cameron. Stock of fine and rare illustrated books and first editions.

In same building (but separate from) fascinating JMC museum. Good selection but I found the prices eye-watering for "ordinary" titles. Did not look into the antiquarian titles.  Norman Davies 31.05.18

Central Collectables/NEWPORT/8 Central Market
Central Collectables  Open at advertised times
8 Central Market  Scarrots Lane   NEWPORT   PO30 1JP
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tel: 07754 212055 
Open:  Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 3.00 [Closed Wednesdays in January & February].
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Small collectables shop selling diecasts & tinplate, music memorabilia, I.o.W postcards, books & ephemera, general books, etc.

I have been calling in here for a few years now. Whilst not an out and out book shop, they do have a fair amount (over 50% of the shop is devoted to books). Mainly Transport and Local Interest, but 'collectable' books such as Observer Pocket Series and Red Guides, Ladybird etc too. I always find something of interest here, more than can be said for the other two bookshops in Newport, and at much keener prices too.  Steve Newman 02.07.19
Recent visit produced a couple of goodies. As Steve N says this is a very small shop with very limited books but much better than elsewhere in Newport. Excellent IoW vintage postcards too.  Norman Davies 28.10.19

Mother Goose Bookshop/ST. HELENS/Lower Green Road
Mother Goose Bookshop  Phone before travelling
Lower Green Road   ST. HELENS   PO33 1TS
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tel: 01983 873897  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00. Closed Tuesday in Winter.
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Large stock from £3.00 to £3000.00. Subject matter all sorts - strong on military and Isle of Wight. Situated on delightful village green with buses from Ryde every 30 mins.

One of the best rambling second hand bookshops I have visited. Many obscure and interesting tomes to be had at cheap prices.  Paleo 10.09.13
The best secondhand bookshop on the Island - a gem.  sdv 10.08.15
Visited midweek at end of March to find closed with a notice stating "winter hours Saturday 10-4".  Norman Davies 08.04.17
Visited again when open - check times always in advance. Remarkable collection, more recent additions in piles on the floor. Worth a rummage.  Norman Davies 28.10.19

Mrs Middleton_s Shop/FRESHWATER/49 School Green Road
Mrs Middleton's Shop  Open at advertised times
49 School Green Road   FRESHWATER   PO40 9AS
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tel: 07973 212723  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 6.00, Sunday 10.00 - 3.00.
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The Isle of Wight’s rich cultural and artistic legacy inspires a our range of gifts and books - antiquarian, scarce and local authors.

Welcoming, friendly and interesting (both conversation and stock). Some books overpriced.  Nodnerg 16.07.16
Charming old fashioned and friendly little shop, eclectic but interesting selection, prices variable. Worth a look if you are in west Wight. Also owns shop a few along in same arcade which has superb children's selection.  Norman Davies 31.05.18

Oxfam Books and Music/NEWPORT/4-5 St Thomas Square
Oxfam Books and Music  Phone before travelling
4-5 St Thomas Square   NEWPORT   PO30 1SN
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tel: 01983 821623  web 
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Being a Sunday this one was closed, but looked like more of the same through the windows!  Steve Newman 14.08.12
Not a great selection of books to chose from and quite expensive to boot. Anything deemed to be a 'collectors' book attracts a considerable premium. Worth a look I guess if you are in the area but I would not make a special trip.  Steve Newman 14.06.14
Not bad for an Oxfam, particularly on music. Same joke prices for best older items.  Norman Davies 08.04.17

Reggie_s Retro Bookshop _ Store/VENTNOR/9 Spring Hill
Reggie's Retro Bookshop & Store  Open at advertised times
9 Spring Hill   VENTNOR   PO38 1ST
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tel: 07966 303354  web 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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Retro bookshop with a twist! Secondhand and Vintage Books * Retro & Vintage Clothing * Film Posters * Incense * Greetings Cards * Music & Vinyl Records.

On my visit however it was 90% books, and although I found nought of interest others may well do. From what I could see reasonably priced too.  Steve Newman 02.07.19

Ryde Book Shop/RYDE/135 High Street
Ryde Book Shop  Open at advertised times
135 High Street   RYDE   PO33 2RJ
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tel: 01983 565 227  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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Over 30,000 new and secondhand books on all subjects, displayed in ten rooms.

I think this comment from their website sums the stock up rather well. "Visitors will find specialist books rather than bestsellers. The range of subjects includes Island history, travel, transport, the military, literature and titles on many other themes, plus a range of postcards."  Steve Newman 
A large and sprawling shop with a fairly broad selection in almost every subject and in its selection of literature both modern and Victorian. Large children's book section. I make a point of visiting this shop every time I'm on the Island and find something to come away with every time.  RS 11.06.10
I agree with both of the above opinions. This is a shop which can surprise the collector. I came away with a particularly scarce title after having spent some time searching the three floors of tightly packed shelves. Prices were very reasonable.  Chris Harte 12.10.10
It is surprising the owner knows his stock as well as he does and can find things so easily given the massive number of books in stock. The prices are quite reasonable. Great bookshop.  Carole 28.08.12
Simply a great bookshop. Wide variety of stock, many unusual items priced reasonably ... I even got discount without asking on my last visit, what more could you want!  PaulP 15.05.13
This is a great shop with a huge amount of books. Despite this, it is easy to navigate and there are no piles of books obscuring everything behind. I managed to find a hard to get book and I was offered a discount. My only advice is to leave plenty of time to browse. I did not, so a return trip is a must.  John Edwards 22.10.14
A little bit of heaven for me. Spent hours here, one of the best traditional s/h shops around - crammed full of all subjects, extensive stock, came away with a bag full, several floors worthy of browsing.  Norman Davies 08.04.17
Update - ceiling now held up by new RSJs! Owner sorting books on to new shelving this week. WWAD.  Norman Davies 31.05.18