Waterstones’ pre-Christmas opening spree; the new Harvard study that reveals indies are thriving; the Minnesota store that mimics an Icelandic tradition; and more.

Waterstones Opening Five Stores Soon: The UK chain is opening five new stores before Christmas. Three will be branded with names derived from their locales in an effort to mimic independent stores.

Bookstore on a Barge Endures: Word on the Water, a bookstore on a barge on the Thames River in London, has survived despite numerous challenges since it opened in 2010.

Minnesota Bookstore Mimics Icelandic Tradition: Inspired by Iceland’s “Jólabókaflóð, or annual “Christmas Book Flood”, Zenith Bookstore in Duluth is offering special promotions throughout December.

Harvard Study Finds Indie Bookstores Thriving: Preliminary results from a five-year study says the independent bookstore scene has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of competition from Amazon.

University Bookstore in Georgia Flooded: The bookstore at Valdosta State University was severely damaged from flooding after an overhead pipe burst.