This Week in Indie Bookstores


Independent bookstores are thriving because many are adapting technology and learning how to better serve their local community.

A stunning new bookstore has opened in eastern China with dazzling displays and whimsical architecture.

Bookstores in Barcelona are adapting as Spain deals with a shrinking economy.

The New Republic takes a look at how a bookstore in Manhattan became the center of gay literary culture.

Two nonagenarians enjoyed a first date at a Washington DC bookstore.

An adult-oriented bookstore in Gary, Indiana has been robbed for the sixth time this year.

To encourage thinking of reading as a lifelong habit, a Chinese shop closed on World Book Day.

A Plainville, New York bookstore is decidedly not very plain at all—An Unlikely Story won a design award.

Bhutan has issued new publication rules that have confused booksellers in the nation, requiring different fee structures based on whether books are domestic or foreign.

Bookstores are thriving on Long Island, which has quite a few more independent stores than you might think.

A beloved bookstore is closing in Beirut after a decline in tourism, economic distress, and regional instability has left it without enough customers.

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 →