There is a large variety of books about Islay available, from history, travelguides, wildlife and of course whisky related books. Last year I started an association with amazon.co.uk to put book adds on the Islayinfo website but even then it is hard to get an overview of all the books available. That is one of the reasons I started an Islay Bookshop on the Islay info website. The bookshop currently has 15 Islay related books and 8 different maps on offer through Amazon. They all have a detailed description wich makes it easy to select your favourite book or map. If you like a compact and complete overview of Islay with some excellent photography the book from Norman Newton will be a good buy. It gives a great overview of Islay and practical tips and walks. If you however want to read more about Islay history in depth I suggest the book Biography of an Island from Dr. Margaret Storrie. The best book according to many and my personal favourite as well. And what is a trip to Islay without some background knowlegde of the Distilleries on the island. Neil Wilson wrote a book called the Island Whisky Trail for the whisky enthusiast. It has a comprehensive section about the Islay Distilleries and information about Islay's lost distilleries of Port Ellen and Lochindaal (Port Charlotte). The bookshop furthermore has a map section where more and less detailed maps ara avaible for touring the Island or very detailed Ordnance Survey maps for the demanding walker.
So please feel free to browse the Islay Bookshop