This Week In Indie Bookstores


Now you can smell like a bookstore, thanks to Powell’s new fragrance.

The Strand’s pleas for more book sales yielded 25,000 orders in one weekend, but the sudden rush hasn’t been great for its employees.

While the Strand racks up new sales, other indie bookstores continue to suffer.

And, in Paris, the iconic Shakespeare & Company is also struggling to stay afloat.

Check out the Japanese bookstore with four Texas locations.

Famous person Jimmy Fallon is trying to save America’s oldest children’s bookstore.

Can buying books save us from doomscrolling?

An online bookstore in Singapore sells curated “mystery-wrapped” packages of books.

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 →