This Week in Indie Boosktores

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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 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →