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 Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →