Welcome to Harpoon Books


Miyamoto Musashi and whale off coast of Higo

Miyamoto Musashi wa Higo no dan ne shite... by Yoshiiku Utagawa, 1847-1850


Welcome to the online home of Harpoon Books -- Nantucket Island's only used bookstore. Our online inventory includes new, used and out-of-print books on a variety of topics, but we specialize in books on Asia and those that reflect the rich history and nautical traditions of Nantucket. If you are on Nantucket, we can arrange to deliver any order to your local address. If you have any questions, please call 508 221 2472 or email us at [email protected].  


If after you search or browse through our online inventory you cannot find what you want, fill out our search form. We will search our substantial off-line inventory, other bookstores and book search services to find the book you seek. There is no extra charge for this service.


Nantucket Visitors and Residents

There are no shipping or handling charges for books destined to a Nantucket address.


We buy books.

We are always looking to buy ephemera and books on Asian topics, whaling, Pacific trade in the 18th and 19th centuries and items about Nantucket and its history. We can either purchase your items, or if you prefer, we can take them on consignment. Please call us at 508 221 2472 or contact us at [email protected].