This Week in Indie Bookstores


Harvard Book Store is selling printed copies of the redacted version of the Mueller report.

An online Chinese bookstore opened its first physical location in Beijing.

Publisher The Head & The Hand is opening a brick-and-mortar shop in Philadelphia.

The country’s oldest feminist bookstore has relocated, entering into a partnership with Agnes Scott College.

The Romanian bookstore chain Cărtureşti is opening a shop in the first floor of a Bucharest office building.

Publishers Weekly reports that bookstore sales are down for a second consecutive month.

New York City mini-chain Book Culture is thriving in its newest Long Island City, Queens branch—and didn’t even need billions in taxpayer subsidies like its larger rival, Amazon.

India’s secondhand bookstores are losing out to the digital world.

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 →