Archive for the ‘bargains’ Category


One-Off Bargain: The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

For three days only, on May 6th, 7th and 8th, Deborah Davis’s The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy will be only € 7,50!

This offer is only valid while supplies last, and only on those three days, in both our stores. On May 9th the price goes back to € 15,99 (or € 55,50 if all our bargain stock is sold).

We won’t be taking reservations for this title, either; this is a one-off blitz bargain deal so come grab your copy! We’re sure you’ll be able find other sale gems while you’re visiting…

You can also sign up for our bargain mailing here.

Weird Book of the Week

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

And just like that, How to Start Your Own Secret Society was sold.  We can’t remember who to, but we’re pretty sure they said they were buying it “for a friend.”

According to the nature of this spotlight, a new Weird Book has already been found and – this time – even mailed to this blog!  :-)   Please give a hand for our new highlight:

Privies and Water Closets by David Eveleigh

Although Thomas Crapper is most commonly associated with the invention of the flushing toilet, his models were in fact the result of a long line of improvements to earlier designs which date back to ancient times. This book is an ideal introduction to the history of the toilet, tracing its development from the primitive – and very smelly – privy maiden to today’s one-piece, all-ceramic WC. Illustrated with superb photographs, this book tells the story of the lavatory, from the Elizabethan era to the modern day.

That’s right, an entire lavatorial history, for just € 2.99!  And again only 1 copy in stock! If this isn’t the perfect bathroom reader, we don’t know what is.

You can find Privies and Water Closets at ABC Amsterdam, on the second floor, or you can have it sent to The Hague via intrastore shipping.

Weird Book of the Week

Monday, February 18th, 2013

It’s been nearly 2 years, but some things are worth the wait: Our-Maarten- Of-The-No-Lists has mailed in another Weird Book of the Week!

(Which just goes to prove that the blog version is not-so-weekly; the books as highlighted in the White Room at ABC Amsterdam have a rather higher turnover rate :-) ).

How to Start Your Own Secret Society by Nick Harding

Rejected by the Freemasons?  Not bright enough for the Illuminati?  Burnt by the Hell Fire Club?  No friends in high places to get you into the Bilderberg or the Bohemian Grove?  Feeling isolated and powerless? Fear not. There is an answer…

Why not start your own secret society to add an air of mystery to your life and instantly alter the way you are perceived by family, friends and society at large. Learn the secrets of how to really influence people in business and politics by creating your own elitist fraternity. Discover the basic requirements for creating a clandestine sister- or brotherhood with the ability to control, govern and influence events at the local or global level. Develop your own secret knowledge and hidden agenda while you plot to overthrow the powers that be through revolution and political or religious intrigue.

Pierre Plantard and the Priory of Sion failed but you can avoid making the same mistakes they did by understanding what it really takes to maintain and develop a secret society. This book will show you all the requirements needed from choosing regalia to setting up a lodge, from electing a grand master to illustrating basic initiation ceremonies. It will also guide you on how to take historical events, great works of art and famous names to mould them into your desires for global domination.

All this for only € 6.99!  And we only have one copy! (Well, of course we only have one copy. We don’t want just anyone starting a secret society, do we?)

You can find How to Start Your Own Secret Society at ABC Amsterdam, on the second floor, or you can have it sent to The Hague via intrastore shipping.

(Want more weird books? Then browse this list at your peril…)

Inventory Sale

Monday, January 14th, 2013

inventoryOur annual Inventory Day is fast approaching: on Monday, January 28th, 2013, we will be counting all our stock. By hand. With papers and pens. And coffee. Lots of coffee.

As you can imagine, this requires stamina, focus, and an iron will.  Also, as few books and magazines and calendars and games and merchandise as possible.  Now, we’ve all been very busy doing our annual pre-Inventory section clean-up, so this means lots and lots of fresh bargains.  Please drop by our stores between now and Inventory Day and help your local bookseller out by giving these bargains good homes!  You can find the bargains in the special Sale sections, and sometimes in the regular sections as well, as a welcome surprise.

Please note that both ABCs will be CLOSED ALL INVENTORY DAY on Monday, January 28th, 2013. We are, of course, open online that day – browse our website abc.nl for recommendations, recently added bargains, upcoming events and more!

ABC’s Sale by Weight: the Summer Edition

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Our Sale by Weight is turning semiannual!

Over two weekends, first at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam and next at the ABC Treehut in The Hague, you can load up your suitcase with enough reads to last you through your summer holiday! Just select the books you want, walk up to the scale and pay €5 a kilo!

At that price, and with so many great titles on offer, you’re going to need some help getting your haul home – so tweet, e-mail and call all your friends and invite them to join you for this great sale. And then you can rope them into helping you carry your books. ;-) We’ll see you there with wheelie carts and sturdy ABC postman bags!

Just to make things extra clear: ONLY the books at the ABC Treehouse or the ABC Treehut may be picked out for this sale. Sadly not our regular store stock, although we do handpick the Sale by Weight books and really try to make it worth your trip!

  • Date: July 14th + 15th
  • Time: 11 – 17
  • Place: ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam
  • Date: July 21st + 22nd
  • Time: 11 – 17
  • Place: ABC Treehut, Lange Poten 23, The Hague

***Please note that the Sale by Weight times are different from our regular store hours.***