This Week in Indie Bookstores


The famed Parisian English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company is set to open a cafe. The shop is partnering with New York restauranteur Marc Grossman, the man responsible for introducing juice cleansing to Paris.

The Alabama Booksmith sells only signed copies. Atlas Obscura checks in with remote bookstore that values its out of the way location.

New Zealand banned a book nationwide for the first time in more than two decades. Time Out Bookstore in Auckland has been protesting the ban, which carries fines as high as $10,000, by displaying 50 other books that have been banned around the world.

Last month, in anticipation of Haruki Murakami’s latest collection of essays, Japanese bookseller Kinokuniya bought 90% of the stock to prevent Amazon from undercutting brick and mortar shops. Now that the book is on sale, indie bookstores are turning to Kinokuniya to stock the book, and they are finding that they won’t be able to return unsold copies as they can with traditional distributor arrangements.

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is a shop dedicated to one thing: cookbooks. Last year the store lost its lease. But now the shop is back, and Eater pays it a visit.

Barnes & Noble, the one time behemoth, posted another quarterly loss due mainly to the Nook, the electronic reader it sells.

The public library in Marshall, Missouri plans to add a used bookstore in an unused room. The shop would sell off surplus books and generate revenue.

Sapna Book House is a family run bookstore operated for three generations. Nijesh Shah’s grandfather began selling books out of a paan shop in 1967. It has since become India’s biggest book chain by revenue.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →