This Week in Indie Bookstores


Segwick, Maine claims to be home to the world’s smallest bookstore. Pushcart Press Bookstore resides in a 9′ x 12′ building selling used books and Pushcart Press titles.

Australia’s capitol city is not known as a cultural center, but that might change for Canberra with the opening of Muse, a combination wine bar and bookstore. The hybrid shop will open in Kingston’s East Hotel.

In Germany, the federal government is offering a German Bookstore Prize to highlight and help preserve the country’s network of independent shops.

In Malaysia, a court ruled that Muslim religious authorities acted beyond their powers when they raided a bookstore in May 2012, essentially declaring the action illegal. The shop was targeted for selling Irshad Manji’s book Allah, Liberty and Love, a book the Home Ministry has banned.

New York City’s Shakespeare & Co. reveals a new look and introduces an Espresso Book Machine, a printer for on-demand books.

Denver, Colorado’s Tattered Cover has new owners who have begun a two-year long transition with the former owner to learn the basics of running the shop.

English-speaking readers visiting Moscow should consult this list of bookstores provided by the Moscow Times.

A bookshop dedicated to cinema is opening in New York City as part of Metrograph, an independent movie theater.

Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Billfold, Fiction Advocate, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog, and io9. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →