This Week in Indie Bookstores


Community fundraising has saved Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York.

Women in Iraq are becoming booksellers and upending gender roles.

A Washington, DC bookstore is getting more done than Donald Trump’s State Department by building a “sister” relationship with a bookstore in Mexico City.

Take an inside look at Montreal’s Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore.

Run your own bookstore for a night at this unique Scottish bookstore and Airbnb rental.

Texas will be home to Barnes & Noble’s new concept store with a restaurant and bar.

Amazon’s physical stores are a “shitty Barnes & Noble.”

Meanwhile, Australia is going to war with Amazon.

Check out this conversation with employees of Austin’s biggest used bookstore, Half Price Books.

Livraria Lello, a Portuguese bookstore, is attracting fans of the Harry Potter series because of the quirky staircase inside.

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 →