This Week in Indie Bookstores


What is a “book town?” Small towns around the world where the primary industry is book selling.

Iowa City has been named a “must-see” literary destination.

A new bookstore in Beijing, China, has replaced booksellers with robots.

New York’s mini-chain Shakespeare & Co. plans to open two more branches this year. A third store will open in Philadelphia this summer.

A look at the bookstore scene in Kansas City, Missouri.

South Korean bookstores report that Stephen Hawking’s death has led to a spike in book sales.

Bookstore sales fell by nearly ten percent in January.

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 →