This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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 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 →