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'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 →