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Change in pricing for self-published books

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The pricing for self-publishing a book on our Espresso Book Machines has changed a bit. We have tied the price more directly to the number of pages your book consists of, plus the cover. In other words, the slimmer your book, the slimmer the price!

Effective immediately, this is the new price scheme (all you literature, arts and language majors, look away now or risk eye-glazing ;-) ):

  • 40 – 179 pages: €3,50 (cover) + €0,05 per page
  • 180 – 200 pages: €12,50
  • 200+ pages: €12,50 + €0,05 per page over 200

For example, if your book has 120 pages, it now costs €3,50 + €0,05×120 = €9,50 per copy (minus 10% if you have a discount card). Compared to the standard €12,50 fee we had before for all books up to 200 pages, that’s a whopping €3 saved on every copy!

The €12,50 handling fee for your initial copy remains the same. Click here for more pricing info.

Waaaaay More Than Fifty Shades

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Spring is about get sprung on us. There is no better way to encourage the happy hormones that come with it than to immerse yourself in a steamy novel, and Siren Publishing is here to deliver. No one can better their enthusiasm for putting out sexy smut, neither in volume nor in heat.

A small selection can be found through this link, but an Advanced Search for ’Siren Publishing’ on our site will yield seas of saucy romps for readers of almost all sexual persuasions. Because these otherwise hard-to-get titles can be printed-and-tightly-bound in our very own stores on our Espresso Book Machines, you won’t have to wait long to get your eager hands on them. They may be so hot off the press that they’re still warm to the touch…

After all, why limit yourself to just fifty shades of gray when you can have the entire color spectrum?

Blogmistress’s note: need even more saucy romance? Then look for Ellora’s Cave books, also printable via our EBMs!

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.


Bookmaking Redefined: 22 creatives, 14 covers, 1 book, 1 day

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

During the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week (15-21 September 2013) organized by PICNIC, 20 people gathered for The Book Fab Lab at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam. Their challenge was to create a book in one day, centered on the theme ‘Redefining Growth’. It would be a ‘collection of stories on shifting values’. After a demonstration of the Espresso Book Machine, on which the book would be printed, the enthusiastic participants went to work, guided through the creation process by design expert Joke Mestdagh and journalist Michel Jansen-Dings.

The result of the team’s swift and creative efforts is Redefining Growth, a thoughtful and visually arresting booklet, available with your pick of no less than 14 covers. Click the picture below for a better look at all of them. If you wish to order a copy of the book, click here and specify “Cover # my favorite” in the ‘comment’ section when ordering. Should you forget, no problem, we will use the cover you see with the title in our database.

Jason Epstein, the NRC and our Espresso Book Machine

Friday, September 13th, 2013

A few weeks ago, NRC Books editor Michel Krielaars met Jason Epstein, co-founder of the New York Review of Books and ‘daddy’ of the Espresso Book Machine, the self-publishing wonder you can see in action at both ABCs.

Michel was so impressed by both Epstein and the EBM at ABC Amsterdam that he wrote two articles about it for the NRC. They are translated and reprinted here with permission of the author.

Epstein was also featured in last month’s Vanity Fair article “The Lions of Summer”.

Tea with Roth and Nabokov

Written by Michel Krielaars and translated by Bryna Hellmann-Gillson.

The original article appeared in the NRC on July 26th, 2013.  It can be found here (please note that it’s in Dutch and viewable to subscribers only).

Just like that, I’m sitting in the lobby of an Amsterdam Hotel with Jason Epstein, founder of The Library of America, co-founder of The New York Review of Books, and the ‘grand old man’ of the American publishing world. From our first handshake, our talk was memorable. Epstein, now 85, had been Philip Roth’s and Vladimir Nabokov’s editor and, shaking his hand, I felt as if I were meeting those two literary supermen.

Epstein didn’t think much of Roth. ‘Portnoy’s Complaint,’ he explained, ‘was good, because it was about the problems of a typical Jewish family, but after that I think his work gradually tapered-off.’ As a faithful Roth fan, I decided I’d better change the subject and, like an eager groupie, I asked about Nabokov, ‘What was he really like?’

His answer exceeded my curiosity. ‘He was always pleasant, even fun to be with.’ He went on to explain that their friendship cooled when their opinions about America’s Vietnam policy began to differ. ‘Nabokov supported the war completely. He hoped it would cause the downfall of Communism and he’d finally get back his estate and house in Saint Petersburg. In all his years as an expatriate, he never bought a house. For him, it was Russia or nothing.’

Epstein had another good story to tell, a Lolita-anecdote. It seems Nabokov got the idea for that story from his son, Dimitri. He’d come home from school and told his parents what the girls on the school bus were talking about. ‘So Nabokov got onto the bus a few days later to eavesdrop,’ he told me and followed that with a string of wonderful stories.

Publishing in the America of the fifties and sixties, I realized, must have been amazing, built as it was on the tsunami of literary talent that washed up on the coast of New York. In his entertaining memoir Eating, Epstein combines his own publishing and writing life with his love of eating well, an activity, it seems, intimately connected with reading and making books.

Epstein’s wisdom shows in the way he puts his role as literary impresario into perspective. As we parted, he said, ‘Publishing is a peculiar business. You write the book and the author takes the credit.’

Double espresso: paper version

Written by Michel Krielaars and translated by Bryna Hellmann-Gillson.

The original article appeared in the NRC on August 2nd, 2013.  It can be found here (please note that it’s in Dutch and viewable to subscribers only).

Just six minutes and Jason Epstein’s handbook for publishers, Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future, rolled out of the Espresso Book Machine at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. It was my first print-on-demand experience, and it felt as life-changing as being deflowered in public.

The Espresso Book Machine has nothing to do with making coffee and everything to do with making books. It’s a mini-printing press, five by five feet, in a glass box. Like Charlie in the chocolate factory, you can watch the entire process. Choose a title from the 7.7 million in a digital cloud like Google Books, or upload a pdf of your own book that only you’ve read until now.

Maria or Steven presses the start button, and you watch the pages being printed, one at a time. Your cover, on a separate pdf, rolls through a second printer, and the real show begins: the pages are pressed between the covers, the glue flows, the whole thing is cut to paperback format, and your book slips out into your hands. For €12.50 it’s yours, and it’s perfect.

The American Book Center prints about thirty-five books a day, a small percentage of the thousand they sell on an average day. On shelves near the machine, there’s a display of some espresso books: a thesis in Arabic, some novels, and the best-seller Gay & Happy, a ‘guide for gay men’ written and self-published by Steven van Lijnden.

In the USA, as usual years ahead of Europe, the espresso book is already a success, largely because so many good bookshops and publishers have disappeared. ‘It’s high noon,’ Epstein told me. ‘Publishers had better get their lists digitized today, or they’re going to be gunned-down.’

If he’s right, a lot will change for writers. No longer dependent on traditional publishers, they’re already finding new ways to produce and market their books. It’s an exciting idea, and I’m really curious. I’m going to read Book Business tonight. Its fourth chapter is called, intriguingly, Goodbye to All That.

Photo credit: Jason Epstein’s photo by AP, taken from