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Our social media in summer standby mode

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Dear lovely readers,

From now until about the third week of August, the ladies behind ABC’s social media are in various stages of almost-on-vacation, actually-on-vacation, and just-back-from-vacation.

That means that this blog, our Twitter and our Facebook streams will all slow down considerably.  They’re not going to dry up, mind you, just trickle down to not much for a little while.  It also means that we will be rather slower than usual in answering any queries you might have on them.

Our best advice is to call or mail the stores instead: 020-6255537 and info@abc.nl for ABC Amsterdam / 070-3642742 and dh@abc.nl for ABC The Hague.

(In fact, if you’re in a hurry, mailing or calling the stores is ALWAYS the best option, whether we’re on vacation or not.)

And in case you’re curious, here’s what we’ll be reading:

  • Karin (Marketing Director, Events planner and ABC News Mailings):  I will be traveling on the US West Coast for 3 weeks and only have time for 1 book: Sisterland (ebook here) – chosen by my book club, to be discussed late August. Just finished The Fault in Our Stars (ebook). Yes, I almost cried (my best friend died of a brain tumor when she was only 18) and now I can also go see the film with my 13 year-old, non-reading teen daughter and cry my eyeballs out. Last but not least: currently reading and loving: Sand by Hugh Howey (ebook).
  • Ester (Tweetybird): The most recent part of the White House Chef mystery books, Home of the Braised, and the long-awaited third part of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, The Book of Life!
  • Sigrid (Facebook helmswoman):  I’m reading The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried and Balance Your Hormones by Patrick Holford (ebook).  I’m learning so much! Every woman (and man) should read this. although it’s more about female hormones, since the truth is that we have more of them and it’s all a bit more complicated for women.  Yesterday I kept being horribly tempted because we had these delicious caramels on the counter, but because of these books I’m now really aware of how a big sugary dosis like that completely deregulates your system!  For the Health section in Amsterdam I’ve now ordered a book on testosterone to balance things out.
  • Sophie (Blogmistress and ABC News Mailings):  I’ll be finishing Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy (ebook)(half way through book 2 now), and after that I’ll finish the latest part of the Outlander saga, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (ebook)(reluctantly, as it’ll mean another four- or five-year wait until the next book in the series)(I mean, really, YOU KNOW NOTHING, Game of Thrones fans!).  Also hoping to start on Smiler’s Fair and something non-fiction-y (The Sleepwalkers?  Unruly Places?  Not decided yet.)

Thanks for your patience and understanding!  Sunny regards,

The Social Medialites

Illustration by Pietari Posti/Debut Art, via guardian.com.

ABC’s 42nd Birthday Recap

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

ABC Amsterdam

Thank you for all the congratulations!  What a gorgeous sunny day we had.  :-)  The mini muffins, balloons and the free books were very much appreciated by you.  A lot of people handed in the €5 Birthday voucher (sent to everyone who subscribes to the News Mailing).  This mail voucher was a test of sorts for us, as well, so we were happy to see that many of you took the trouble to print it out and use it.

ABC The Hague

We had a fun, festive day.  The cupcakes provided by the American Baking Company didn’t last long!  Everyone appreciated the free titles given away and we loved the atmosphere you all brought.

Book Statue on the Spui in Amsterdam

“At 11.30 Rietveld students started making several book sculptures with 3 pallets of books supplied by us. They were supossed to go on building until about 15.30 but at around 14.30 its started to rain (luckily only for about ten minutes) so we decided to start the breakdown/give-away early as we didn’t want good books ruined. It was crazy!  Locals, tourists, people just passing by could not believe we were just giving away books like this and many people walked away with one or a small stack (and of course there were also some people who got real greedy and did not want to share and took lots of books). ABC’s owner Lynn, the Rietveld students and I walked around explaning to people why they could take these books for free and handed out ABC book marks. Within an hour and a half 3 pallets of books were gone! Three small boxes of lonely titles remained and will be donated to a good cause.  You can see lots more pictures on our Flickr page.
Lynn also had to go in to the store to get a new pink John Waters bookmark for a 70 year-old lady, who was upset she lost hers. She said his quote was a great standard to live by! ;-) ” – Karin, ABC’s Marketing Director

“Beste mensen van The American Book Center!

Bedankt voor het prachtige fotoboek van Ansel Adams, een 2-tal romans en een kookboek. Fantastisch leuke geste van The American Book Center gisteren op het Spui in Amsterdam aan alle Amsterdammers en toeristen, waaronder ik.  Zomaar duizenden boeken neerleggen om door iedereen gratis te worden meegenomen. Zodra ik weer in Amsterdam ben kom ik in de winkel gewoon wat kopen.

Groeten, Ria van Bree-Boersma, Rotterdam”

And many thanks to Peter Eijking for making the video below! It gives a great impression of this unique event.

Special Opening Hours Whit Sunday and Whit Monday

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Amsterdam

Whit Sunday (1e Pinksterdag), June 8th:  11.00 – 19.00 hrs
Whit Monday (2e Pinksterdag), June 9th:  11.00 – 19.00 hrs

The Hague

Whit Sunday (1e Pinksterdag), June 8th:  12.o00 – 18.00 hrs
Whit Monday (2e Pinksterdag), June 9th:  12.o00 – 18.00 hrs

Be sure to check our opening hours on the day you plan to visit, in case anything has changed unexpectedly.

Also, for those of you interested, Pinksteren is known in the UK as Whit Sunday (or Whitsun) and in the USA as Pentecost.  We’re pretty much the only country in the world to actually get days off for it, though.

It’s our 42nd birthday today!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

That’s right, today we turn 42!

And if you’ve read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (…and really, who hasn’t?), you will immediately know that means we will be the answer to the Ultimate Question.  For a whole year!

  • Date: June 7th, 2014
  • Time: 11.00 – 17.00 hrs
  • Place: ABC Amsterdam and ABC The Hague

Now, if you subscribe to our News Mailing, you should have gotten a special €5 Birthday Gift Voucher in your inbox a few days ago. Don’t forget to print the voucher and hand it in. If you can’t come to our little party today, you can still use the voucher in our store in Amsterdam or The Hague on June 8th or 9th.

What to expect:

Also, we’ve invited students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Department of Architectural Design, back to build a Book Statue on the Spui Square in Amsterdam today. They made a few small ones for our 40th birthday in 2012, when the weather was absolutely dreadful, so hopefully this year the right conditions will prevail for a stunning, eminently instagrammable and retweetable art installation. If it’s raining again, the event will be rescheduled.

ABC will be donating the books, but we invite you to bring along your own extra books to be added to this unique work of art.  When the sculpture is complete, you can take books from the sculpture home with you for free!

It’s our 42nd Birthday this Saturday!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

That’s right, this year we turn 42!

And if you’ve read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (…and really, who hasn’t?), you will immediately know that means we will be the answer to the Ultimate Question.  For a whole year!

  • Date: June 7th, 2014
  • Time: 11.00 – 17.00 hrs
  • Place: ABC Amsterdam and ABC The Hague

Now, if you subscribe to our News Mailing, you should have gotten a special €5 Birthday Gift Voucher in your inbox a few days ago. Don’t forget to print the voucher and hand it in on June 7th. If you can’t come to our little party on June 7th, you can still use the voucher in our store in Amsterdam or The Hague on June 8th or 9th.

What to expect:

Also, we’ve invited students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Department of Architectural Design, back to build a Book Statue on the Spui Square in Amsterdam. They made a few small ones for our 40th birthday in 2012, when the weather was absolutely dreadful, so hopefully this year the right conditions will prevail for a stunning, eminently instagrammable and retweetable art installation. If it’s raining again, the event will be rescheduled.

ABC will be donating the books, but we invite you to bring along your own extra books to be added to this unique work of art.  When the sculpture is complete, you can take books from the sculpture home with you for free!