This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Hong Kong is dominated by two kinds of bookstores—the independent shops specializing in political books and pornography banned by China and the shops secretly owned by Beijing’s communist government.

A Tokyo-based bookstore hosting a book fair centered around democracy and freedom suspended the event after criticism.

Customers nostalgic for Borders bookstores need only to head over to Malaysia.

Ukrainian book chain Bukva had more than 570,000 books stolen from warehouses by police claiming tax evasion, though they seized the books at random rather than identifying the owners.

Two sisters plan on opening The Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles next year, a crowdfunded Romance-only bookstore.

The oldest bookshop in London launched the China Book Festival.

Churches, once the center of religious services, are being converted into architecturally stunning bookstores in an increasingly secular world.

A combination bookstore and bakery is opening in Hurricane, West Virginia.

OUT takes a look at four bookstores in the United Kingdom.

Time might be running out for the feminist collective at Bluestockings Bookstore in New York City’s Lower East Side.


Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →