This Week in Indie Bookstores


A historic bookstore in Portland could be yours for a cool $1.5m.

A San Francisco bookstore started a monthly comedy show. Hilarity ensued.

Back in 1991, England’s Broadhursts Bookshop stocked a children’s biography about William the Conquerer. On Saturday, twenty-seven years later, the book finally sold.

Barnes & Noble opens a new concept store in Hackensack, New Jersey.

South Korean bookstores are looking at ways to distinguish themselves.

Shakespeare & Co. continues to expand with a new Upper West Side location in Manhattan.

Publishers Weekly reports that September bookstore sales have fallen slightly.

Online book retailer Amazon selects Queens, New York and a Washington DC suburb in Virginia as locations for its new regional offices.

Amazon might have duped New York officials into handouts, but in the mirror universe, the beneficiary is indie publisher OR Books.

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 →