This Week in Indie Bookstores


Amazon-owned AbeBooks has shut out booksellers from several countries, and in response other booksellers are pulling stock off the website.

British bookstore chain W.H. Smith attempted to buy Barnes & Noble.

Independent giant Powell’s has been accused of refusing to provide a gender neutral bathroom in its corporate headquarters.

A bookstore without any staff has opened in Japan.

The three best bookstores in Eugene, Oregon sell used books.

A Detroit bookstore owner won a $10,000 prize for the NEIdeas Small Business Challenge.

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 →