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Meet the Buyers: Travel Guides

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The days are long, it’s mostly dry and sometimes even sunny, and everyone is zombie-walking their way to their summer vacations. It must be July! High time to introduce you to the dapper gentlemen who make sure you have plenty of holiday destinations to choose from in our Travel Guides sections.

Meet MaxM from ABC Amsterdam and Tom from ABC The Hague:

How long have you been the section’s buyer?

MaxM: Since 2013.

Tom: I’m not entirely sure. Since 2002? 2004? Quite a while.

What guides, besides those on The Netherlands, do you always try to keep in stock?

MaxM: Those on Indonesia, Croatia, Japan, Berlin and Portugal.

Tom: Pretty much everything, really. Except the guides on Antarctica. But I really do try to have the entire Lonely Planet and Eyewitness guide collections in stock at all times. Rough Guides are a little less popular.

Do you take a travel guide with you when you go on vacation?

MaxM: No. I once bought one when I went to South Africa, but I didn’t use it. So out of habit I don’t buy them because I don’t really need them.

Tom: Yes. The way I travel I can only bring one guide with me, though, so it’s always the Lonely Planet for me. It has more info than the others about logistics, cheap accommodation, etc. I do look in other guides for information, though. Once I travelled to Rome with three other people, and every one of us had a different type of guide! That was great for comparisons.

Personal preference: Lonely Planet, Rough Guide or Eyewitness guides?

MaxM: Rough Guides. They offer more depth about the country’s culture and cultural institutions rather than purely information, which the Lonely Planets offer more of. They are also less frequently published than Lonely Planets, which to me seems like they have a better value.

Tom: Lonely Planets, as I just explained. Eyewitness guides are beautiful to look at. Rough Guides I’m not that familiar with, so it takes me a longer time to look up the information I need.

What has been the top-selling, non-Netherlands guide in 2014 so far?

MaxM: The Lonely Planet Japan. No matter how many I buy for the section, I always sell out quickly!

Tom: The past few years I’ve noticed that Croatia and Denmark have been relative bestsellers. Usually it’s the guides to France and Spain.

If you could visit any destination in the world, where would you go?

MaxM: Seoul and Tokyo. Seoul because it is the StarCraft capital in the world. I don’t play the game as much anymore, but I would love to soak up how unbelievably huge it is there. Tokyo because it is a country unto itself. It’s an enormous city, very densely populated, yet everything stays orderly. I’ve always wanted to go there.

Tom: I would like to visit Pitcairn and Socotra. Pitcairn because it’s one of those islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that take forever to reach. The trip would be quite costly, but I would love to make it once. Socotra is an island off the Yemen coast. It has some spectacular nature, but because of its location it’s quite a dangerous place to travel to.

There are ebooks available for travel guides to Indonesia, Croatia, Berlin, Portugal, Antarctica, South Africa, Rome, Japan, Denmark, France, Spain, Seoul, Pitcairn (in the LP South Pacific) and Socotra (in the LP Oman, UAE and Arabian Peninsula). In fact, there are ebooks available for practically all travel guides! Check our Advanced Search for the destination of your choice.

Still not sure where your summer plans will take you? Check out our Nice Price: Travel recommendations list. It’s been freshly updated with our latest travel guide bargains.

Spotlight on… Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art is a series of anthologies.  Each volume focuses on a specific theme or subject that has been a major influence in contemporary art. Each subject is edited by a different critic, curator, scholar or artist who provides texts by voices from different fields, defining the specific theme of the volume.

MIT Press, in combination with Whitechapel Gallery, has already published over 30 volumes with subjects such as Colour, The Archive, Chance, Documentary, Nature, Sound, and Appropriation.  Any reader interested in art will get a lot out of these books, not only students and professionals in the field.  Later this year the series will expand with Sexuality and Exhibition.

Personally, I think this is an excellent series of theory books that deserves a wide audience.

- Jesse, Art buyer at ABC Amsterdam

This Just In: Books on Jewelry

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Five Recently-Arrived Titles from the Brand-New Jewelry Section at ABC Amsterdam (ground floor):

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

Spotlight on: Health and Wellness

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Dear customer,

We want to let you know about a new section we have in the White Room of our Amsterdam store: Healing of Body, Mind & Spirit.

Books from different disciplines and ways of thinking come together here to create a cross-section offering a holistic view on health and healing. It’s not just our bodies we need to heal with food and exercise, we also need to change our minds with new paradigms and different ways of thinking, to connect with our Source, our soul, through meditation, kundalini yoga or prayer. What we offer here are ‘books we think you should know about’ as we like to call them, books that have made an impact on our lives as buyers for the spirituality, health, nutrition, and body work sections.

But that is only half of what we want. We don’t just want to tell you about our books, we also want to hear about your books, about your experiences, so we can expand the section and make it even more comprehensive. Our society faces not only a health crisis but also a lack of spirituality, and we want to offer an alternative, a place where you can come to as a source of information about how to heal on all levels in life. We know, BIG intentions for such a small new section, but lives can be saved with just one book, happiness can be gained through just one chapter, and the purpose of a bookstore can be altered by just one section. When you visit us, have a look to see what we have to offer, or check out our monthly booktip on Facebook. And when you have something to share with us, write to us at healing@abc.nl.

Wishing you health and happiness.

- Jilles, Marieke and Sigrid, ABC Amsterdam’s Holistic Health Buyers

Spotlight on: the Brain/Gut connection

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Our Sigrid at ABC Amsterdam noticed that a few new titles have come out recently about the brain/gut connection.

“The what?” I hear you think, much like I did when she mailed me about them.  I’ll let Michael Pollan enlighten you with his NY Times article on the subject, published last month.  Fascinating, right?  And slightly nauseating, too, perhaps.  ;-)

Sigrid has grouped the new titles on this subject together with the classics in the Health section at ABC Amsterdam.  At ABC The Hague you can  find them in the Health or Science section.  Please be sure to contact your ABC of choice for an exact stock check.

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