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'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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →