Archive for the ‘Jilles’ Category

Store Bits: Out-of-print Crime, fascinating steps, an interview, find a new literary crush

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

“These out-of-print classic crime titles are once again available on our shelves at ABC Amsterdam in prestine condition (one copy per title only)! This month among the titles, the scary When Michael Calls by John Farris and the creepy Blood Secrets by Craig Jones.  All books are EUR 10.99.” – Jilles


Luke shot some proof that ABC always has something fascinating for you to discover, even if you can’t read yet.  :-)

(In case you were wondering: they’re looking at a step-stool.)


Former ABC customer Verushka interviewed Lynn, Avo and Karin for her eclectic pop culture website pop.edit.lit!  Check out the interview here.


And Sophie (that would be yours truly) hopes you’ll discover a new literary crush among the fresh batch of blind book dates she’s put up on the Romance shelf at ABC The Hague.  Hubba hubba!

ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 1: Jilles, Marten, Lynn

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads!  The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8).  Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us.  They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013.  Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you.  As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

Our first Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Jilles: Always expanding his world- as well as inner view.  Also, good news for all the boys2men out there: he is single again and on the market!
  • Marten:  Knows everything about the life and times of Jesus and is still waiting for his religious epiphany.
  • Lynn: Owner and, more importantly, mother of the ABCs. Creative business spirit, redhead and still a hippie at heart.



Store Bits: DH sections, trams, giveaway, “legendary” & amazing books

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

If you’re planning to visit ABC The Hague, don’t be surprised if you can’t, at first, find your favorite non-fiction books.  We’ve done a MAJOR switcharound but no worries, all sections are still alive and kicking!  They’re just kicking in a different spot, is all.

The affected sections include: Ancient History, History, Military History, Law, Current Affairs & Politics, Science & Digital Age, Social Science, Business, Travel, Travel Literature, Religion, New Age and Poetry.

Just ask one of the staff to point you in the right direction if you’re lost.  Chances are we may need to do a bit of searching still, too.  :-)


The trams are running again, hooray!  The work on the road is all done and you can take your regular tram 1, 2 or 5 to the corner of ABC Amsterdam.


Did you know that Steven, one our of EBM operators, is also the author of a very popular book?  He is giving away 3 print copies of his book Gay and Happy over on Goodreads. Over 190 people have entered the lottery so far, but more are always welcome.  Only 12 days left to enter the draw, though, so best click over there now.


Author David Hewson (The Killing, the Nic Costa books) has us blushing thanks to this truly glowing article about last weekend’s launch of Colleen Geske’s Stuff Dutch People Like (pictures over here).  “Legendary” – wow.  Thanks for the praise, sir!


And Jilles sent in pictures of “some of the amazing and original books we carry” (that don’t get their own book launches or social media mentions).  Come browse, people, there’s always treasure to be found…  :-)

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness, Controversial Knowledge

Friday, November 1st, 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 Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness and Controversial Knowledge as picked out by section buyers Sigrid, Shirley, Lília, Jilles, Nyjolene, Agnes and Maarten. 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.


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

Wishing you health and happiness.

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