This Week in Indie Bookstores


The New York Times profiles The Mysterious Bookshop owner, Otto Penzler, who built a customized house for his book collection.

The Washington Post profiles Wilmington, Delaware, bookstore owner Ellen Cappard.

The French are going to war with Amazon to protect independent bookstores.

Big Sur hides a unique bookstore.

Dutch bookstores using TiteLive software have been locked out of their computers by a possible ransomware attack.

Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley has new owners.

The Guadalupe Latino Bookstore opens in San Antonio’s bookstore desert.

Scotland has a woman-focused bookstore that is proving itself popular.

An annual library book sale is becoming a permanent bookstore in Haywood County, North Carolina.

Finland’s largest bookstore just opened at the University of Helsinki.

Take a look back at the world’s first murder-mystery bookstore, which opened in 1972 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Check out these great bookstores serving readers in Connecticut.

And these bookstores in Boston.

Just in case the bookstore-bar combination was feeling a bit tired, restauranteur Stephen Starr has a Baja-inspired restaurant-gallery-music venue-bookstore in Philadelphia.

If that seems like too much, Ardmore is getting an old fashioned bookstore-cafe.

Penguin is speeding up shipping for independent booksellers.

This 250-square-foot bookstore in Sonoma, California, might be the smallest in the country.

Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue is losing one of its last remaining bookstores.

Independent bookstores are benefitting from shoppers’ desire to support local businesses.

An adult bookstore in Arizona was robbed at gunpoint.

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 →