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 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 More from this author →