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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Sports, Street Art, Tattoo

Monday, November 25th, 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 Sports, Street Art and Tattoo as picked out by section buyers Martijn and Paul. 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.


Gift Ideas: Cooking, Health & Nutrition, Sports

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Cooking, Health & Nutrition and Sports as supplied by Simone, Jeroen, Agnes and Martijn.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!


Citius, Altius, Fortius! Books on the Olympics

Friday, June 29th, 2012

For me, the Summer Olympics have something magical about them. Probably because, at the impressionable age of 11ish, I stumbled upon 16 Days of Glory, a documentary about the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.  It follows various Olympic hopefuls during their competitions, who and what inspired them to become athletes, and shows if they won a medal, competed to the best of their ability, or ended the day in heartbreak.  I was mesmerized – I must have watched the whole documentary 10 times – and the Olympics have remained special to me ever since.

You can possibly imagine the excitement building in my house with the 2012 London Olympics mere weeks away.  Granted, it hasn’t reached BBC levels, but, unfortunately for my family, I’m getting there..  My colleagues have come up with some great Olympian tips for you to read, and I hope they will entice you to watch the incredible sporting feats on offer a month away. Swifter, higher, stronger!

- Sophie

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This Just In: Sports

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Five Recently Arrived Titles from the Sports Section:


Shelf Obsession: Kees Wijdekop

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

wijdekop2.jpgYou’ve been invited round to dinner at someone’s home. Your host is busy in the kitchen and you wait in the living room. What do you do to pass the time? Admit it: you snoop around their bookshelves don’t you? We know you love shelf snooping just as much as we do, and now you can check out all sorts of bookshelves via the ABC blog.

If you’d like to show off your shelves, e-mail If we use your bookcase, we’ll give you a ten euro American Book Center gift voucher

ABC snoops around Kees Wijdekop’s bookshelves

Kees Wijdekop is a sports fan. And he loves baseball. But he’s not just a regular baseball fan: in 1973 he was a pitcher for the Dutch baseball team in the World Cup in Cuba! (more…)