This Week in Indie Bookstores


Sonoma County, California’s oldest bookstore is celebrating forty-seven years in business.

A London bookstore had to move down the road—and enlisted a bucket brigade of local volunteers to help.

This week’s amazing Chinese bookstore has chandeliers that look like floating paper, inspired by Chinese lanterns.

The beautiful architecture of Chinese bookstores shouldn’t overshadow the fact that the country censors booksellers and disappeared several in Hong Kong in 2015. Their disappearance has been cited as a reason to shelve a new Hong Kong proposal that would make it easier to extradite prisoners to the mainland.

You probably didn’t know Microsoft had its own ebook store—and now its closing, with all content disappearing in July.

Publlishers Weekly reports that bookstore sales declined in January.

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 →