About Us

4817 FM 646 Suite C
Dickinson, TX 77539

It is always our primary goal to supply approved products securely to prison inmates in the manner required by that prison's regulations.
Ancient History
The original bookstore, Paperback Swap N Shop, was established on FM 517 in Dickinson in 1971.  Jane Gray, the current owner, started working there in 1989 and bought the store in 2005.  Although we had always worked with in-store customers to mail books to their family and friends in prison, it was not until 1997 that it became a full sideline.
For the next decade the bookstore only worked with inmates by mail, and with family & friends by phone, by mail and in the bookstore.  The website, IMailToPrison.Com was established in 2007 with just used books.  There was a series of separate locations for the "annex" with our stock of items just for the site.   New books, calendars and magazines were added over time.  While our business is still focused on Texas inmates, we do work with families friends and inmates in jails and prisons all over the country.
2018 and Forward.
Hurricane Harvey with 6 feet of water was the fourth flood and put an end to the original store.  Paperback Swap N Shop is reincarnated as The Paperback Shop at 4817 FM 646 Suite B, opening March of 2018.  This new location is set up for both sides of the business, so we can send more books to more inmates.  There is no customer access to the website products. Many new books and calendars are drop-shipped to inmates from our wholesale distributor. Other books, puzzles, back issue magazines and calendars are in a separate locked set of rooms which is not open to the public.  This is in keeping with the regulations of many prison systems that will allow distributors or websites but not bookstores to mail books to inmates.  For those prisons that permit bookstores to send books to prison inmates, we are a bookstore. 
The Paperback Shop
4817 FM 646 Suite B
Dickinson TX 77539
This article about the old store was published in the paper a few years back.

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