This Week in Indie Bookstores


Instead of yelling at a cloud, one curmudgeonly old man runs a bookstore.

Another curmudgeonly bookseller has taken to charging browsers a fifty-pence fee for looking at merchandise in his used store.

Amazon plans to open a New York City store in the Time Warner Center. The midtown mall is just blocks from Billionaire’s Row.

Barnes & Noble plans to do battle with Amazon’s growing number of physical stores.

Philadelphia’s year-old comic bookstore coffeehouse is slowly becoming famous.

Is 2017 the year of the bookstore?

Cape Cod is for (book) lovers.

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 →