This Week in Indie Bookstores


As Barnes & Noble prepares to leave Bronx, New York, an independent store is already being planned by the winner of New York Public Library’s New York StartUP! Business Competition.

Only Prime Members receive Amazon’s insane discounts in the store’s physical locations.

An upstate New York bookstore wins its battle to display anti-Trump signage.

An Indonesian traveler checks out Shakespeare & Company in Paris, France.

Compact bookstores with highly focused inventory are thriving in South Korea.

Prairie Lights is once more selected as the best bookstore in Iowa.

Of course Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore (the pre-owned bookstore on Court Street) will be replaced by a real estate firm.

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 →