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'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 →