This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Chicago bookstores are worried about the arrival of a physical Amazon store.

One bookstore is using clickbait tactics on social media to trick people into reading more books.

Some people actually like airport bookstores.

A rural Virginia bookstore has become wildly successful.

Literary press Milkweed Editions will open a Minneapolis store this week, following a trend of publishers opening shops to sell their books.

Japanese price protection laws may not be enough to save independent bookstores from Amazon.

A Philadelphia bookstore owner explains that her primary motivation in opening a store was to read more.

A Korean bookstore continues to thrive because of the personal touches included by its owner.


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 →