This Week in Independent Bookstores


Tokyo’s night life district might soon have a new addition—Kabukicho Book Center—a combination bookstore and “host club.”

The Week takes a look at the rise and fall of the once-mighty Christian bookstore.

The largest bookstore in the world, located in Tehran, Iran, has opened.

For Amazon’s tenth brick and mortar bookstore, the company has made some adjustments—instead of twenty-six inches wide, aisles will now measure thirty-two inches.

Librairie Racines opened in a low-income neighborhood in Montreal with the hope of inspiring people.

A former logging restaurant in Maine is being converted into a combination bookstore and wine bar.

Recent surveys suggest that more than twenty percent of municipalities in Japan have no bookstore.

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 →