This Week in Indie Bookstores



Just announced today: beloved Brooklyn bookstore BookCourt is closing after 35 years in business.

Independent booksellers were the focus of a panel at the Miami Book Fair—discussion focused on how big business was surprised that small business strategies could be useful in selling books.

Kyoto, Japan is home to a bookstore hostel with eighteen bunks built into bookshelves.

Indie authors often have difficulty selling their books in local stores, but here are a few tips to help get those titles onto bookstore shelves.

The New York Times looks into the work of opening a bookstore, from financing to design.

Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore expanded into a second location in Prospect-Lefferts, in the base of a luxury residential tower built with some controversy.

A Barnes & Noble concept store opened in Minnesota with a cafe serving up three meals a day, including items like slow-cooked short ribs. Ribs and books. Really. That’s a thing a now.

Regional Singaporean bookstore chain Basheer Graphic Books is shrinking quickly, with just two stores remaining after a Hong Kong store was shuttered. Hong Kong booksellers are having a tough time competing with ebooks and online retailers, but also censorship from mainland China.

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 More from this author →