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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Self-Published Books, Spanish Fiction

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Self-Published Books (on ABC’s Espresso Book Machine) and Spanish Fiction, as picked out by section buyers Tom, Tiemen, JeroenW, Joe and Steven. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


Writers on Demand – International!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

As mentioned on a previous post we can now upload books to the international Espresso Book Machine network, allowing other EBM stores to print and sell your book. You will boldy be going where the following two test subjects went before. Their books are now available not only at ABC, but also across the border.

The Time Between – Bryna Hellmann-Gillson

Author Bryna Hellmann-Gillson describes her book, The Time Between, as a novel about the occupation of Holland in WWII, written for teenagers who know about Anne Frank, and not much else.

Here’s a novel about three young women and their brothers and friends during the German occupation. Pam smuggles Jewish children to safe houses, Jo helps to murder a Dutch collaborator, and Hannah looks for a man who can protect her. This is Amsterdam during those dangerous years: the Jewish star, deportation to the camps, the Hunger Winter, courage, loyalty, friendship and yes, of course, love.

Gay & Happy: the international guide for gay men – Steven van Lijnden

Steven van Lijnden is our very own EBM-operator in Amsterdam. He originally wrote his book Gay and Happy in Dutch, but it is now available in an adapted and updated English version.

Gay and Happy is a guide that aims to amuse, inform and advise you, whether you are about to bust out of the closet or have already experienced the highs and lows of guy-on-guy love. Coming out, the gay scene, dating, relationships, health and sex are all discussed, in a frank and adult manner.
The book has been written with an international readership in mind.In the back, you’ll find lists of books, movies, television series and a list with resources for easy reference. This title also contains over thirty illustrations.

Writers on Demand: Linda Radwan

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

By Linda Radwan

Almost one year ago I was in my favorite bookstore, as usual, in the Hague. Suddenly, at the counter I spotted a card revealing the following information: ‘Can you imagine a machine that prints, binds and trims titles from a large and ever-growing database of books while you wait? One that even prints your own book?’ I was interested in that last part. This Espresso Book Machine could help me publish my book and I certainly had a book to publish.

I had been searching for a publisher for my book The Beastslayer for a while but I had not found the perfect match… until that day. I quickly sent an e-mail and almost immediately received a reaction from EBM operator Joe Neesan. He told me I could stop by any time and see the Espresso Book Machine.

One year later, after countless covers (well… four, to be specific), several content changes and hundreds of email exchanges with Joe, it all brought me to what you see today.

Writing a book is work, but to truly create it, that’s a lot of blood and sweat. It’s the first step into actually showing the world what you’ve created, to let everyone in your own fantasy world. I changed the content so many times, I changed the lay-out, the cover, all of it because I wanted to be 100% happy with it. Luckily Joe’s perfectionism and patience were there to support my goal. This why I recommend the Espresso Book Machine and Joe’s services to everyone who is seriously considering publishing their work (oh no, Joe, you are going to be even more busy from now on!).

I started writing when I was 11 years old. I have been writing stories, books, you name it but it took years to actually make this first step. I love it! Remember, you must do it all by yourself, read your work a hundred times, make your cover from scratch and deliver the lay-out exactly the way you want it. But in the end you can truly say the book is yours! Believe in yourself, see it come to life before your eyes and well, for the book part, let Joe and the Magic Espresso Book Machine do the rest. Good luck!

Writers on Demand: Amsterdam Quarterly Yearbook Launch

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

By Bryan Monte, publisher/editor of Amsterdam Quarterly

On February 15th, 25 people celebrated Amsterdam Quarterly’s second annual yearbook launch at the American Book Center. The party featured readings by Kate Foley, Bryan Monte, Iclal Akcay, Antonije Nino Zalica, Susan de Sola and Juliet Cutler. The AQ 2012 Yearbook features poetry by Amsterdam residents Iclal Akcay, Madalina Florea and Kate Foley, fiction by Goran Baba Ali and Nino Zalica, and interviews with Kate Foley, Megan M. Garr, Boudewijn Richel and Nina Siegal as well as work by other writers in the Netherlands, the UK, France, the Czech Republic, and the US.

Amsterdam Quarterly was founded in April 2011 to publish, promote and comment on English-language writing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the world. It is published tri-quarterly online at and annually as a print-on-demand anthology. Past issues have included poetry, fiction, memoirs, interviews and drama.

Amsterdam Quarterly’s sixth, online issue, AQ6, will be published in mid-April 2013. Its theme is ekphrasis or writing about visual art, music, architecture and dance. It will feature poetry, fiction, a symposium about the new Stedelijk Museum, an interview with Joan Z. Shore, former CBS News Paris correspondent and The Huffington Post contributor, and a new category: book reviews. AQ7’s themes will be health and wellness. Send submissions during April 2013 to:

Do you want to launch YOUR book on our Espresso Book Machine? Wouldn’t it be cool to invite your family, friends and colleagues to come and see how your book slides out of the EBM? To have a drink and a snack, talk about your book, and personally sign copies of your masterpiece?

You can call our stores and ask to speak to one of our EBM operators, or mail them at (Amsterdam) or (The Hague). The Espresso Book Machine and the ABC Marketing teams are here to help you spread the word on our website and social media about the launch of YOUR book!

Writers on Demand: AKV|St. Joost Students with Joke Mestdagh

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

ILJT LUESPNELIIEG is an interactive activity and coloring book, with puzzles, stories, games and crazy tasks about legendary trickster Tijl Uilenspiegel (also known as Till Eulenspiegel). The book was created by 24 second-year graphic design students at AKV|St. Joost in ’s Hertogenbosch between August 31st and October 23rd, 2012.

The brief was to make “an art and activity book for small and large children”, using the many stories and images of Tijl Uilenspiegel available in Dutch folklore as a starting point. By investigating and playing with the sources, original images were created and combined into this book. Every student was responsible for designing 8 pages and an original cover. To make it even more fun, accompanying stickers were (screen-)printed.

ILJT LUESPNELIIEG is printed on demand on ABC’s Espresso Book Machines, with a choice of 24 different covers!

Thanks to ‘the scamps’ Stefan, Anna, Titus, Laura, Florian, Wesley, Koen, Anna, Loran-Paul, Amanda, Patrick, Sonja, Kasia, Patricia, Leroy, Evalie, Robin, Sascha, Koen, Inge, Yashar, Linsy, Lou & Pim for braving this adventure.  There were moments when this project was purely madness, but mostly it was unique and great fun!

- Joke Mestdagh