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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →