This Week in Indie Bookstores


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. It was not confirmed whether he was a Trump supporter.

Fish-Man, Maseru Tatsuki’s photography book, will be the first title featured at the one-book-at-a-time bookstore located in Tokyo. The $1,000 art book features pictures of people from northern Japan.

Germany’s largest independent bookstore, a 115-year-old Düsseldorf institution, is set to close sometime in 2016.

Amazon’s physical bookstore is simply an attempt to make us feel more at ease with technology and trick us into believing it has always been one of our neighborhood retailers.

Used bookstores are making a comeback. Not only are they often cheaper than online retailers, many are turning to Amazon to compete with the retailer’s own warehouse stocks.

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 →