This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Famed Indian bookseller Ram Advani has passed away at the age of 95. He had planned to continue visiting his shops until was 99.

Elton John has a favorite Los Angeles bookstore: Book Soup.

Seattle’s only bookstore dedicated to poetry is looking for a new owner. Open Books owner John Marshal is looking to retire, and since announcing his plans has received more than thirty queries regarding the position.

Lee Po, an owner of Causeway Bay Books and one of the Hong Kong booksellers that has disappeared, signed ownership of the store to mysterious man shortly before vanishing.

The first print-on-demand shop has opened in Paris. Located near the Sorbonne, the Presses Universitaires de France (PUF) relies on Europe’s first Espresso Book Machine, a Xerox print-on-demand system that produces books of up to 850 pages.

The Guardian talks with San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore.

Times must be tough in Gary, Indiana where an adult bookstore has been robbed five times in five weeks.

Brilliant Time, a bookstore in New Taipei City, offers support to migrant workers. More like a library than a store, laborers can borrow books and founder Chang Cheng, an advocate for workers, organizes events.

Five students in Montreal hope to open a feminist bookstore by crowdsourcing the startup money. The shop, L’Euguélionne, will be run as a cooperative and sell new and used books.

South Korea sees a continued decline in bookstores, new data shows. However, government policies supporting independent shops have at least slowed their decline. Meanwhile, Korean bookstores are now entering into heated battles for dominating same day delivery for online orders.

Chinese bookstores are finding new customers by offering up overnight accommodations. Turning shops in hostels offers new revenue streams for the shops.

Coloring books for adults are fueling bookstore sales.


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 →