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A Bloggy Vacation

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I’ll be off on my summer vacation starting this weekend.

Hooray for me (Sleep!  Barcelona!  Time to read!  Garden!  Sleep!), but sadly it also means that there will not be any blogging the coming three weeks. Be sure to check the Events List for upcoming events, because there will not be a Round-Up next week.  All normal transmissions will resume around August 13th (the fact that this is the first day after the Olympics is ENTIRELY COINCIDENTAL). :-)

Happy summer holidays, everyone!

- Sophie

For Hayley

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Today is my fellow blogmistress Hayley’s last day at ABC. She’s heading back to the UK after spending thirteen years with us, in many capacities, the most recent of which were: Children’s Books Buyer, Newsletter Writer, Twitter Bird, Facebook Updater, and, of course, Blogmistress.

I can’t let this occasion go by without celebrating her many, many contributions to the amalgam that is ABC. So much of what you’ve read here, and here, and here, has been thought up by her – not just the words, but often the concepts, too. She will be a very tough act to follow.  We didn’t see a lot of each other (Hayley works in Amsterdam, and I in The Hague), but we had a great behind-the-posts system set up that made working on this blog a true pleasure.

Hayley, I will miss you and your sunny and easy way with words. I’m sure all of our readers will miss you terribly as well. All the best wishes for your new life back home, and please come back now and then, in person and virtually!

With love,

P.S. If you’re in the UK and need a truly excellent copy writer – just drop me a line ( and I’ll get you in touch with Hayley. :-)

Both stores closed for inventory on January 30th

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

inventoryOn Monday January 30th, Both ABC stores will be CLOSED ALL DAY as we count, and count, and count every single item in each store. By hand.

You can still shop at ABC, even though our doors will be closed for the day. You browse and order books on, or send an email to with your queries and questions, and our staff will get back to you when we open again.

Here’s to 2012!

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Dear Everyone Who Reads This,

Thank you so very, very much for finding our stores, and buying your books there.  Thank you for reading this blog, and our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.  We hope you will continue to do all of the above!

All the best wishes from all of us to all of you for the new year.  May it be filled with lots of literary goodness, favorite authors publishing new books, and unexpected bookish treasures (and world peace and enough food for everyone, also, of course).

See you in 2012!

Hayley & Sophie & the whole ABC Crew

Tweet to Win… Ollie the Twitter bird AND an ABC gift certificate!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

We have more than 900 followers on twitter. That is so agonizingly close to 1,000 followers and yet so irritatingly far that we’re going to engage in our of our favorite activities:  give you free stuff as a bribe reward for bringing others to the cult of wwwabcnl in a special recruitment drive edition of Tweet To Win!

When we reach the magical, wonderful, full-of-win-and-unicorns 1,000 followers, we’ll hold a draw.

We have two prizes to give away. Each winner gets  a lovely little Ollie Bird figurine, expertly crafted from the finest vinyl polymers and perfect for your desk or bookshelf.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Ollies come with ABC gift certificates: a first prize of €25 and a runner up prize of €10 to spend in our stores.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow us on twitter! If you don’t follow us on twitter yet, you’ll need to pop over to our twitter page and click on the ‘follow’ button.

If you’ve not already signed up for Twitter, go to, fill in your details and click on the ‘registreren’ or ’sign up” button. It’ll take you about 30 seconds. If you already follow our tweets then you can skip this step, of course.

2. Retweet this tweet to  your adoring followers:

RT to win a €25 @wwwabcnl Book Voucher AND a twitter figurine!

3. Wait. :-) When we hit 1000 followers, we’ll pick two winners at random from all the tweets. We’ll contact the winners via twitter, and ask for their details and also which ABC store (Amsterdam or The Hague)  they would like to collect their prize from. (We can’t mail prizes out – sorry.  You’ll should be able to collect your prize or send one of your minions to do it for you.)

4. Please read the complete Tweet To Win rules before entering!