This Week in Indie Boosktores


A charity bookstore in Swansea, Wales, had so many copies of Fifty Shades of Gray that the store built a fort.

A Georgia store needs a superhero after more than $200,000 worth of comic books were stolen.

One of the Hong Kong booksellers who disappeared last year amidst mainland China’s censorship sweep has vowed to quit the book trade.

A Japanese man in Osaka has turned his home into a secondhand bookstore.

A Kuala Lumpur bookstore that has served a million customers will be quietly shutting down.

A bookseller in India is hoarding coins and comic books.

Nashville’s newest bookstore fits inside a van, and that means it can bring the shop to its customers.

Art book publishers Phaidon worked with New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to open a popup store.

Kate Gale, managing editor of Red Hen Press, explains her love of indie bookstores.

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 More from this author →