- 2020 Nov 25
Wisconsin Gets a New Bookstore
Lion's Tooth, a bookstore focusing on graphic novels and small press titles, is opening in Milwaukee.
Minnesota Bookstore Struggles
Sales at the Red Balloon in St. Paul are down 20% for the year, and the owner is concerned about the future.
- 2020 Nov 23
Boxes of Obama Book Flood Stores
Copies of Barack Obama's memoir 'A Promised Land' are taking up valuable sales floor real estate in indie bookstores.
Lockdown Hurts Manitoba Store's Finances
The owner of Winnipeg's Whodunit Mystery Bookstore says the current lockdown may cost him 25% of his annual revenue.
Merger of Two German Chains Approved
The German government has approved the merger of Thalia, which has 312 bookstores, with Osiander, which has 72.
- 2020 Nov 20
North Carolina to Get a New Bookstore
Rofhiwa Book Café will open next year in East Durham, N.C. The store will focus on Black books and culture.
Black-Owned Store in Oklahoma Celebrates
Belle Books Boutique & More in Oklahoma City is hosting a drive-thru Thanksgiving food give-away.
Virginia Loses a Bookstore
Mermaid Books in Williamsburg is closing, citing sales losses due to the pandemic as the reason.
Canadian Bookstore Hits Milestone
A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, Ontario, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Beirut's Bookstores Are Recovering
Following the port explosion in Beirut earlier this year, numerous bookstores were damaged. Only now are they coming back.
- 2020 Nov 19
Dan Rather Gives Booksellers an Assist
Dan Rather will serve as spokesperson for the American Booksellers Association's Small Business Saturday promotion.
California Booksellers Look Ahead
Booksellers in northern California are hoping for big sales this holiday season.
- 2020 Nov 17
North Carolina Store Closes Due to Covid
Park Road Books in Charlotte has closed temporarily due to an employee testing positive for Covid-19.
Los Angeles Black Bookstore Is Thriving
Eso Won bookstore in Los Angeles is thriving because of the surge of interest in books on race and social justice.
Publisher Says Draw Your Bookstore
The U.K.'s SelfMadeHero has a social media campaign calling for artists to draw their favorite bookstore.
- 2020 Nov 16
Texas Loses a Bookstore
River Oaks Bookstore in Houston is closing at the end of the year after 47 years in business.
Pennsylvania Gets a New Pop-up Store
Cousins' Books in New Castle is a new pop-up bookstore inside a sandwich shop.
Rhode Island Stores Need More Sales
Riffraff in Providence is among the Rhode Island bookstores looking for a strong holiday season to finish the year.
- 2020 Nov 13
South Carolina Stores Fight to Survive
Several booksellers in Columbia discuss the negative impact of the pandemic on their businesses.
- 2020 Nov 12
Texas Bookstore Hits Milestone
Austin's BookPeople is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Idaho Gets a New Bookstore
Half Price Books is opening a new store in Meridian, its first store in Idaho.
London Bookshop Saved by Crowdfunding
Stanfords, a travel bookstore founded in 1853, has raised £95,000, and is seeking £120,000 to stay open through March.
W.H. Smith Sees Big Loss in 2020
Retailer W.H. Smith lost £68m in the year to end August 2020, with 27% lower revenue reported for the period.
- 2020 Nov 11
New York State Gets a New Pop-up
A new pop-up bookshop called the Genres has opened in Westfield. It will stay open through mid-December.
French Authors to Pay Bookstore Fines
A group of French authors say they will pay fines for bookstores that want to stay open amid a coronavirus lockdown.
B&N CEO Says Holiday Is Make or Break
James Daunt of Waterstones and B&N warns of bookstore closures if there are not sufficient holiday sales.
- 2020 Nov 10
Manhattan's Strand Faces More Scrutiny
Tensions are high at the Strand Book Store, which has yet to rehire many laid-off staff despite its recent appeal to the public.
U.K. BA Asks for Books to Be Essential
The Booksellers Association has called for the U.K. government to deem booksellers essential workers.
- 2020 Nov 09
Pennsylvania Gets a New Bookstore
Watershed Books and Literary Arts Center in Brookville, Pa., opened this past weekend.
Connecticut Store Aims to Empower
ReRead-Books in Cheshire will work to people of all skill levels, with a focus on employing the disabled.
Bookshop.org's Strong First Week in U.K.
Bookshop.org's first week of U.K. sales topped £415k in sales, with over 20,000 customers buying books.
- 2020 Nov 06
Massachusetts Gets a New Bookstore
A new Christian bookstore, Lugar de Encuentro, has opened in Chickopee.
- 2020 Nov 05
Money Being Raised for New York Store
A GoFundMe campaign is trying to raise $300,000 for Talking Leaves...Books in Buffalo.
Oregon's Newest Bookstore Opens
Canvasback Books opened last week in Klamath Falls.
Connecticut Gets a New Pop-up Bookstore
Title IX: A Pop-Up by Bank Square Books is opening in New London on November 21.
France Closes Its Bookstores
All 3,300 bookstores in France have been forced to close temporarily during the current lockdown.
- 2020 Nov 04
Michigan Is Losing a Bookstore
The Book Nook in Munroe is closing after 50 years in business.
New York Store Helps Local Kids
Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck is giving 130 children from lower-income homes free books for the holidays.
Boston Bookstore to Open Restaurant
Brookline Booksmith has expanded into the space next door, where it is opening a restaurant called the Novel Kitchen.
- 2020 Nov 03
A Store for Rare Black Books
'GQ' profiles For Keeps, a bookstore in Atlanta that focuses on rare books by Black authors.
France Halts Supermarket Book Sales
At the behest of booksellers, France has told its supermarkets not to sell books during the new lockdown.
The Crusade to Save U.S. Indies
A columnist at the 'Los Angeles Daily News' says we need to do much more to save our bookstores.
- 2020 Nov 02
Struggles at the Strand
Employees at NYC's beloved 93-year-old bookselling institution say its owner's attempts to save the business are making it harder than ever to run the store.
Florida Bookstore Marks Milestone
Midtown Reader in Tallahassee is celebrating its four-year anniversary.
France Considers Opening Bookstores
France is considering allowing bookstores to open during its current lockdown, which started on Friday.
Bookshop Opens in U.K. With 150 Stores
Online bookseller Bookshop has opened in the U.K. and 'The Guardian' called it "revolutionary."
German Chains Eye Further Consolidation
Thalia Mayersche, Germany's largest bookstore chain, is partnering with Osiander, which runs 72 stores.
- 2020 Oct 30
Massachusetts Bookstore Needs Help
Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge said it needed help and asked asked for sales. Customers responded.
California Gets a New Bookstore
Reasonable Books opened in Lafayette, offering both new and used books.
Country's Oldest Kids' Store Is at Risk
Once Upon a Time children's bookstore in Glendale, in suburban Los Angeles, is fighting for survival.
New Bookstore Opens in Hawaii
The Womb Bookstore opened on the island of Kaua‘i today and will host a Michael Jackson 'Thriller' dance party tomorrow.
- 2020 Oct 29
Beloved Paris Bookstore Is at Risk
Sales at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris are down 80% for the year and the store is asking customers to buy more books.
Wyoming Bookstore Changing Owners
Valley Bookstore in Jackson Hole is being sold to a new owner, and will close before reopening in a new location.
French Bookstores Ask to Be Essential
French booksellers are asking the government to let them stay open during the new period of lockdown.
Bargain Book Chain to Shutter
Bradley's Book Outlet, with eight locations in Pennsylvania and Indiana, is closing all stores by the end of the year.
Powell's Books to Sell a Perfume
Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., will be offering a unique gift this holiday season: a bottled fragrance.
- 2020 Oct 26
How Bookstores Are Coping
'Vox' takes a long look at how several indie bookstores around the country are dealing with challenges from Covid-19.
Louisiana's Newest Bookstore Opens
Beausoleil Books in Lafayette opened last week.
U.K. Store Offers Online 3D Tours
Bookbugs and Dragon Tales in Norwich has launched a digital tool offering a 3D tour of the store.
- 2020 Oct 23
Upstate New York Gets a New Store
Riot Act opened in Binghamton and dubs itself an "anti-profit" bookstore.
Taiwanese Bookstore Tries Something New
Wuguan Books asks customers to shop in the dark, with only book covers spotlit.
U.K. Booksellers See Silver Lining
Booksellers in the U.K. are optimistic about book sales, which have spiked despite new coronavirus restrictions.
- 2020 Oct 22
Sales as L.A. Bookstore Are Down 80%
The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles is suffering a huge decline in sales, but remains optimistic.
Utah Bookstore Is Scraping By
Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City is facing one of the most difficult periods in its 91 years in business.
Japanese Chain Expands to China
Tsutaya Books Co. has just opened its first Chinese outlet in Hangzhou.
Spooky Michigan Bookstore Opens
Deadtime Stories recently opened in Lansing. It focuses on true crime, mystery, and horror.
- 2020 Oct 21
Chicagoland Stores Fight to Survive
Powell's Books and Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago continue to struggle amidst the pandemic.
Pandemic Is Impacting California Stores
A quartet of bookstores in Pasadena are saying sales must improve dramatically if they are to remain in business.
Nebraska Gets a New Bookstore
The Book Nook has opened in Papillon, outside Omaha. It sells new and used books.
- 2020 Oct 20
Manhattan's New Black Bookstore
The new Schomburg Shop has opened in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.
New Bookstore in the Works for Chicago
At Exile in Bookville is a bookstore that is being planned by long-time bookseller Javier Ramirez and Kristin Enola Gilbert.
- 2020 Oct 19
Boston Bookseller Honored by NBA Team
The Boston Celtics recently honored Jim James, owner of Park Street Books in Medfield, as a hero for his deliveries of children's books.
New Zealand Celebrates Bookshop Day
More than 190 bookstores across the island nation marked the occasion.
Wales Is Closing Bookstores Due to Covid
All bookstores in Wales will be closed for at least two weeks as part of an effort to thwart rising cases of infection.
California Store Reopens After Update
Underground Books in Sacramento has expanded, remodeled, and reopened.
- 2020 Oct 16
Oregon Gets a New Bookstore
Canvasback Books is opening in Klamath Falls.
A New Bookstore Comes to Iowa
Dog-Eared Books is opening in Ames early next year. The store already sells books online.
A Bookstore for L.A.'s Latinx Community
Alegría Mobile Bookstore is a virtual and mobile bookstore for the Latinx community in Los Angeles.
- 2020 Oct 15
The Plight of the Local Bookstore
Independent booksellers are desperate for customers to return, the 'New York Times' reports—and not just for an online reading.
Early Voters Get Discount at Texas Store
Patchouli Joe’s Books and Indulgences in Leander is giving early voters a 10% discount.
- 2020 Oct 13
Michigan Bookstore Offers Succor
Horizon Books in Traverse City has succeeded in becoming a genuine community hub.
Los Angeles Bookstore Pivots
LA Librería, a specialty Spanish-language bookstore, has had to find new ways to connect with customers during the pandemic.
How a Small New York Bookstore Survives
Avoid the Day bookstore in Rockaway Beach, Queens, opened earlier this year and found customers in the midst of the pandemic.
- 2020 Oct 09
Los Angeles Bookstores Face Cash Crunch
Several Los Angeles Bookstores are facing financial shortfalls and turning to crowdfunding to raise cash.
New York City Kids' Store Is Moving
Books of Wonder on 18th Street in Manhattan is moving to a new location a block away at 42 West 17th St. The move will be completed this month.
Chicago Is Losing an Indie Store
City Lit Books in Logan Square is closing in December as a result of lost sales from the pandemic.
Las Vegas Bookstore to Close
Amber Unicorn Books in Las Vegas is closing after 39 years in business.
Big Bad Wolf Goes Virtual
Big Bad Wolf, the traveling remainder books pop-up bookseller based in Malaysia, has turned to hosting virtual book sales.
- 2020 Oct 08
L.A. Bookstores Fight for Survival
Several Los Angeles bookstores discuss their pandemic problems and the struggles ahead.
Baltimore Bookstore Reopens After Move
The Ivy Bookshop has reopened in a new location two blocks from its former home.
- 2020 Oct 07
Wisconsin Gets a New Bookstore
Lunar & Lake Book Market opened in Fond du Lac last week.
Late Denver Black Bookseller Honored
Louis Freeman, founder of Hue-Man Experience Book Store and TeaLee's TeaHouse, is remembered for his contribution to society.
- 2020 Oct 06
Massachusetts Gets a New Kids' Bookstore
Word on the Street, an independent children’s bookstore, opened in Marlborough last week.
Pandemic Could Close Paris Booksellers
The Covid-19 crisis is threatening Paris's famed Seine-side booksellers, "les bouquinistes," who have been around since the 1500s.
- 2020 Oct 05
Michigan Bookstore Changes Names
The Mitten Word in Marshall is changing its name to New Story Community Books. It has been open since 2018.
Brooklyn Bookstore Reopens
McNally Jackson has reopened its downtown Brooklyn City Point location, closed since March.
Florida Gets a New Bookstore
Fat Cat Books, a used bookstore, has opened in Tallahassee and also operates as a cat sanctuary.
- 2020 Oct 02
Massachusetts City's Bookstore Turnover
The Sea Howl Bookstore has opened in Orleans, while the Booksmith has closed.
Kentucky Loses a Bookstore
Books on Main in Hopkinsville is closing permanently. It had been open since 2015.
Virginia Booksellers Talk Shop
The owners of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond and Chop Suey Books in Carytown discuss the role of booksellers in these trying times.