This Week in Indie Bookstores


New York City bookstore The Strand has started selling “Make America Read Again” hats that mock The Donald’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Toledo-area bookstore J’s Book Shelf is helping local inmates get access to reading material, donating 22,000 books.

The bookstore at West Chester University is causing quite a stir by selling an inflatable female doll. Students are calling the doll misogynistic and have been protesting the product’s sale.

Feminist bookstore Bluestockings needs some help for repairs and has turned to Kickstarter to raise funds. The activist collective is located in the Lower East Side of New York City and provides support for various marginalized groups in the city.

San Francisco’s Green Apple Books is adopting new anti-theft technology: chip-based credit cards to deter purchases with stolen cards.

John Warner at the Chicago Tribune lays out an argument as to why bookstores should hire more booksellers—not simply retail clerks. Booksellers are passionate about books and can help connect customers with books they want.

One eager Barnes & Noble customer drove her Lexus into a store in Baltimore.

English-language bookstores in Hong Kong have been disappearing. To counter the trend, Taiwanese bookseller Eslite will open a second branch in the city.

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 →