This Week in Indie Bookstores


An unmanned bookstore, accessible by ID card, has opened in Hangzhou, China.

A sprawling Brussels, Belgium bookstore sports nine themed bookshops within it.

A Connecticut couple’s hobby of acquiring books has turned into a business. Despite offering 4,000 books for sale, the couple retains somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 for themselves.

A bookshop at a luxury resort in the Maldives is looking for a staffer, which is a great opportunity to live and work on a group of islands global warming is likely to eliminate within decades.

A West Village, Manhattan specialty comic bookshop offers rare and expensive issues from its owner’s collection.

Shanghai, China is experiencing a boom in physical bookstores with twenty already opened and twenty more planned.

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 →