This Week in Indie Bookstores


London bookstores are turning off Wi-Fi access, hoping to keep buyers focused on books rather than the net.

African-American bookstore Marcus Books is returning to the Fillmore District in San Francisco after being forced out of its previous home of three decades over rising rents.

While Beijing has been shutting down Hong Kong bookstores, mainland brick-and-mortar shops are getting a cash infusion to stay open. The state will offer $2.7m for local stores.

Engineer’s Bookstore, a historic Atlanta shop, has been nominated for landmark preservation.

A startup competition might award a prize to a Bronx bookstore and wine bar.

Paragraphs Bookstore in Mount Vernon did not burn, although there was a fire.

A man in Dallas was so excited to visit an adult bookstore he stole an ambulance before stopping off at two.

A Tokyo bookstore near the city’s bus station was once Japan’s largest. It closed, and then reopened two days later offering foreign language titles.

Books & Books in Miami continues to thrive on its analog approach to bookselling.

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 →