This Week in Indie Bookstores


Bookstore sales in the last six months have had a slight gain over the previous year.

As Mississippi plans a sales tax holiday for guns, Square Books in Oxford offers an equivalent discount for books.

In the heart of the business district in Quetta, Pakistan, one man fights to keep open the bookstore his father founded.

Kew Gardens is about to get Queens’s second bookstore, founded by staff of the last Barnes & Noble in Queens. The NYC borough of almost two million people currently has just one store, Astoria Bookshop, which recently turned three.

With bookstore sales growing, some people are retiring from high stress jobs to launch a second career as a bookseller.

Art book publisher TASCHEN has opened a “must see” shop in the iconic Claridge’s Hotel in London.

An adult bookstore in Georgia is being forced out by gentrification.

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 →