This Week in Indie Bookstores


A bookstore owner in Maine has collected a huge payday after a rare stamp sold for close to $60,000.

One of the missing Hong Kong booksellers was a British citizen, and now Britain is saying this citizen was involuntarily removed to the mainland.

A California bookstore is helping single book lovers find each other by selling “blind date books.”

New York City’s St. Mark’s Bookshop held a fire sale this week, unloading titles for half-off. The New Yorker takes a look at what led to the shop’s closing.

Akshaya Rautaray and Satabdi Mishra launched Walking Book Fairs in India, a bookstore built on a modified truck that travels around the country.

Bookstore sales have rebounded to have the highest level of sales since 2007.

Indie bookstores are making a comeback too.

The store cat who lived in Spoonbill and Sugartown, the Brooklyn bookstore that appeared in Lena Dunham’s Girls, has passed away.

Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore has been planning a second location in the gentrifying Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. They are looking for community investors to help launch the store.

Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →