Tomorrow, Independent Bookstore Day will mark its second year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide, with literary parties around the country. In cities and towns throughout the country, participating independent bookstores will host unique literary parties, including readings, raffles, scavenger hunts, story times, music, food trucks, and literary trivia....more
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Independent bookstores are thriving because many are adapting technology and learning how to better serve their local community.
A stunning new bookstore has opened in eastern China with dazzling displays and whimsical architecture.
Bookstores in Barcelona are adapting as Spain deals with a shrinking economy....more
A bookstore in mafia-controlled Sicily refuses to stock a book by the son of a jailed mafia “boss of bosses,” Totò Riina.
P.S.Bookshop, a used bookstore in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, is finally closing after a year-long struggle with higher rent.
Arabic bookstores in Istanbul provide support networks for Syrian refugees....more
A charity bookstore in Swansea, Wales, had so many copies of Fifty Shades of Gray that the store built a fort.
A Georgia store needs a superhero after more than $200,000 worth of comic books were stolen....more
A Buffalo bookstore owner was the target of an FBI investigation for more than two years, and now he wants to know why.
San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood will not, after all, be a bookstore-free zone....more
One Moore Books in Monrovia, Liberia, plans on publishing books aimed at children. The shop was founded by thirty-year-old Wayétu Moore, who fled Liberia as a refugee at the age of five.
Three years ago, Jenny Milchman launched Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day with the goal of getting children who ordinarily don’t have access to books into stores....more
How much of the world has Amazon taken over? The Guardian talks with University Book Store and Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, two independent bookstores, the former located less than a mile away from Amazon Books:
…manager Tracy Taylor pointed out that many Elliott Bay customers are in fact Amazon employees.
If you ever wanted to own one of the nation’s oldest bookstores, now’s your chance. Otto Bookstore in Williamsport, Pennsylvania has been operating since 1841, but the 81-year-old proprietor is in the market to sell.
The Oregonian names Portland’s 10 best bookstores, and world-famous Powell’s didn’t make the cut....more
A Saudi Arabian bookstore chain has removed Donald Trump’s book from its shelves because of offensive comments the real estate developer and reality television star has made during his presidential campaign.
A bookstore in Saratoga Springs bookstore found itself the target of a ranting man who threatened to put the shop out of business for displaying an illustrated copy of the Qur’an....more
James Patterson is giving away $2,000,000 in holiday bonuses to bookstore workers and libraries.
An adults-only sex shop in Anchorage, Alaska is getting remade into an indie bookstore.
Philadelphia’s Hakim’s Bookstore, a landmark African-American shop, is a small business on the brink of closure....more
Bookstores in Mumbai, India are losing customers from institutional sales as large buyers turn directly to suppliers, and though 700 existing retailers exist in the city, the last few years have no seen new stores open.
A Syrian couple has opened an Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul hoping to change cultural perceptions....more
Kate Gavino launched her illustrated bookstore tribute Last Night’s Reading and she offers up some illustrated advice for attending readings at bookstores.
An Indian duo left their corporate jobs to become roving booksellers with Walking Bookfairs....more
The Canadian bookstore that discovered a hundred-year-old photo album has solved the mystery of the photos’ origin. They belonged to an Edmonton man born in 1919.
San Francisco is a city filled with bookstores, and SF Weekly takes a look at some of the best....more
Ebook sales have fallen 10 percent in the first five months of 2015. The surge of electronic books between 2008 and 2010 coupled with the stress of economic depression on independent bookstores seemed a portent of an all-digital future, but print books remain and many digital consumers are returning to physical books....more
Tokyo’s Morioka Shoten stocks just one book. Shop owner Yoshiyuki Morioka selects a single book each week to sell in his austere boutique.
A new non-profit bookstore in Istanbul, Turkey seeks to focus on Arab culture and the refugee experience as a response to the increasing number of Syrian intellectuals migrating to the city....more
New York City’s The Strand bookstore is one of the world’s great literary institutions. For literary pilgrims, The Strand is a destination akin to Shakespeare and Company in Paris or Powell’s in Portland. Now, The Strand is modernizing. Many of its quirks, like its mandatory bag check, have been eliminated while novelties, like lollipops and socks, are expanded....more
Bestselling author James Patterson is giving school libraries $1.25 million in grants of $1,000 to $10,000 for books, reading programs, and technology, reports the Washington Post. Patterson has previously pledged $1 million to 175 independent bookstores. His generosity is all part of a broader goal to encourage more reading nationally....more
For Slate, David Rosenberg explores the work of Bryan David Griffith, who spent the year photographing independent bookstores around the US. According to Griffith, the project is not meant to be nostalgic, but rather serves as a “study about the retail space, and how it might be a lot different 30 years from now.”...more
Independent bookstores will save the world, or at least the publishing industry, maybe. Josh Weil and Mike Harvkey took a road trip across the country, exploring independent bookstores. They found a collection of dedicated shops and local literary communities, but that didn’t answer the fundamental question: how important are independent bookstores are to writers?...more
Printing pricing information on book covers has long been a standard practice to help track inventory. The suggested pricing also helps increase the perceived value of books. The internet, especially Amazon, has changed that perception of value leading some booksellers to question the pre-printed price information....more
A bright spot in the midst of all the back-and-forth in the Amazon battle—Kate Brittain, at The Morning News, writes about the state of independent bookstores:
I began my search in a nervous mood. But as I entered name after name into the database, wandering virtually into every store I could discover between our shining seas, I ceased, slowly, to worry.
Late last month, employees of Book Culture, an independent New York City bookstore, voted to unionize. Five employees were promptly fired.
Punitively firing employees who participate in labor unions violates federal labor law. On July 2, the remaining workers went on strike in protest of the illegal firings....more
The rules of shelving can seem arbitrary, even arcane, but the fundamentals are easy to learn: two hard covers, and no more than three paperbacks of the same title, on each shelf. The exception is the face-out. If the jacket is displayed horizontally, behind it you can stack as many books as can fit.