This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Bookstores impacted by California’s fires struggle to stay open.

A Toronto condo development will include a curated library as a marketing incentive, in a move developers claim will honor the once-beloved World’s Biggest Bookstore it displaced.

A doorman gives Jor Bagh’s The Book Shop unique character.

In Minnesota, a bookstore is exploiting the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokafloo, or “Yule Book Flood,” to help sell books.

Taiwan’s Eslite plans to open four new bookstores next year.

A university bookstore employee stole more than $200,000 through scamming book buyback programs.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →