This Week in Indie Bookstores


Bookstore sales were down in December.

Penguin Random House plans to open a pop-up bookstore featuring only women authors in London.

TechCrunch offers an explanation as to why Barnes & Noble is killing itself. Also, the giant laid off nearly all its full-time employees.

Looking to make casual connections with the Winter Olympics to sell copy, the LA Times checks out the bookstores of Korean Town.

The Minister of Everything Significant took over a bookstore in Azerbaijan.

Trenton, New Jersey wants an independent bookstore and the city is offering incentives. Pro-tip: commuter trains from New York and Philadelphia make Trenton an easy stop for authors from either city.

An American lawyer plans to open a bookstore in Hong Kong. His law degree probably won’t help if he’s jailed by Chinese authorities like previous Hong Kong booksellers.

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 →