This Week in Indie Bookstores


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. Now, there is a call to help save the store.

A Michigan sunbather disrupted a local bookstore when she walked around the shop in her bikini.

Small bookstores succeed in the Internet era because of personal service, acting as curators of the written word.

Not all big-box book retailers need to close. Retailers like Barnes & Nobles should look at Britain’s Waterstone’s as an example of how to survive.

Indie book publisher Deep Vellum Books plans to open an indie bookstore in Dallas, Texas, a model of vertical integration that would make first-year business students proud.

Houston, Texas is also getting a new bookstore, Hatter’s Hideaway.

A lot of thought goes into how bookstore shelf space is used.

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina unintentionally became a drive-thru bookstore when a Lexus crashed into the shop.

La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, Manhattan has closed. The three-year-old bookstore is evolving into a digital store.

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 →