This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A Hong Kong bookseller, harassed by authorities from mainland China, has set up a new shop in Taiwan—an independent country China claims ownership of.

Vogue checks in on how independent bookstores are staying connected to customers during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Brooklyn’s Spoonbill & Sugartown, the hipster bookstore made famous in Lena Dunham’s Girls, is hoping to raise $150,000 to survive the current crisis.

An Atlanta bookstore owner is hand-delivering books to customers.

And this Manhattan bookstore is making deliveries by bike.

COVID-19 has helped bookshop.org surpass its first year sales goals, but some booksellers raise concerns.

Bookstores in Rome, Italy are starting to reopen.

Book Riot offers advice on supporting your favorite local bookstore.

Despite promises to keep the internet humming for customers impacted by COVID-19, Spectrum turned off this bookstore’s internet.

A new documentary looks at the history of a West Hollywood independent bookshop.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →