This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A Glasgow LGBTQ bookstore, the first to open in Scotland in more than two decade, has proven itself a success.

Tech-hub Austin has a low-tech recycling solution: selling old books.

A Tokyo bookstore has taken to charging admission, and a curated selection of hidden gems awaits customers willing to fork over the entry fee.

Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville turns forty, and passes on the shop keys to the owners’ daughter and niece.

A Chinese bookstore has become a tourist attraction thanks to its stunning display.

University bookstore employee accused of stealing $20,000 in textbooks. Surprisingly, it was more than one textbook.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →