This Week Indie Bookstores


Bookstores are starting to reopen across the country, as depicted in this photo essay.

Reopening poses challenges and opportunities for bookstores.

The entire publishing industry is being reshaped by COVID-19.

Browsing bookstore shelves might be the key to saving them.

The COVID-19 lockdown didn’t help France’s already struggling bookstores.

Meanwhile, German booksellers are doing well after reopening.

Indie bookstores aren’t winning over quarantine readers—even as those readers read more books.

Oakland-based Marcus Books, America’s oldest black-owned bookstore, fights for its survival.

Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan is taking its famous typewriter online.

Publishers Weekly reports that March bookstore sales were down.

And the ABA reports that bookstore e-commerce traffic is down, too.

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 →