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Second edition of popular 'Living Sanibel' guidebook released

March 17, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Indigo Press has announced the publication of the second, "revised" edition of Living Sanibel - A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands.

Originally released in January of 2010, this 512 page nature guide has become an island mainstay. The full-color guide, printed in the United States by United Graphics of Mattoon, Ill., had an initial print run of 10,000 copies and contains more than 650 photographs of Sanibel and Captiva's varied wildlife.

According to author Charles Sobczak, the average self-published book in the United States sells 200 copies and the average "published" book sells 5,000 copies, while Living Sanibel surpassed its first printing of 10,000. He said the book has helped residents and visitors to the island have a better appreciation and understanding of the local flora and fauna.

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Charles Sobczak. PHOTO PROVIDED.

The second edition, which arrived on March 7, has several important changes. In the four years that have passed since the first edition, Sanibel and Captiva have gained two large predators: the Florida black bear (since removed) and the coyote. The reptile section has also gained a problematic invasive amphibian, the cane toad. Additionally, several miles of shared use paths have been included to the extensive trail systems of Sanibel. These changes have been noted in the very useful map section located near the end of the book.

The City of Sanibel and the residents of the Gulf Pines Subdivision on Sanibel have adopted Living Sanibel as their "official" handbook to guide new city employees and residents in understanding the island's unique environment. Excerpts from the book have appeared regularly in The Florida Weekly, The Islander and The Mullet Rapper.

Last year, in 2013, Living Sanibel was selected by the Boston-based Road Scholars (formerly Elderhostel) as the authorized guide to all Sanibel and Captiva. The companion book, The Living Gulf Coast - A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida, was likewise selected by Road Scholars for their Everglades program, which is held in Naples. There is only one other author in the United States whose books are purchased and used by Road Scholars.

The book continues to be a best-seller at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. It is also a frequent addition to "Top 10" best-selling books on Sanibel as reported by The Sanibel Bookshop. In 2011 the book achieved an astonishing #34 nationally for nature guide sales on For additional information go to or contact Indigo Press at 472-0491.



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