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Store Bits: Amsterdam Mamas Fair, Book Darts, handmade books and Book Drive treasures

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Our Shirley and Daria were In The Wild at the Amsterdam Mamas Christmas Fair earlier this month.  Karina Schaapman, whose Muizenhuis has finally been translated into English as Mouse Mansion, signed her book and did some story telling.  One audience member had a first edition of the Polish edition of Muizenhuis to sign!  Also, the kids all seemed to love our popcorn machine…  :-)  Here are a few pictures of Karina in action (click to embiggen):

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Simone is happy to report that Book Darts are back in stock in both stores!  We have sleeves of darts, and tins of them.  And in case you were wondering: Book Darts are very subtle metal pagemarkers.  Perfect for the office supply junkie in your neighbourhood…

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Simone, our resident bookbinder, also has some of her own handmade notebooks for sale.  Her third line of ten notebooks has finally made it to Amsterdam (nrs. 21 through 30 on this list), after the first one in The Hague sold out almost immediately, and the second one there now only has nrs. 11, 14, 16 and 19 left.  The demand is outpacing the supply, but you can also check some of her other handmade projects online on depapierhandel.com.

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And finally, we made the mistake of looking into these copies of Le Morte D’Arthur that were donated to our BetterWorldBooks Book Drive (we will be accepting books until January 5th!), and we got all misty-eyed with nostalgia: “American Discount Den Haag,” from 1992 and 1993.  *sniff*

Our Favorite Reads: Simone, Jesse, Karin

Friday, December 12th, 2014

It’s time for this blog’s favorite posts of the year: the ABC Staff’s Favorite Reads of 2014! We hope these books, magazines, games, and more will help you start your new literary year with a bang.  Let’s get started, shall we?

We want to know about YOUR favorite reads, too.  They don’t have to be books published in 2014, just read in 2014.  Please mail your Top 5 reads, and your reasons for enjoying them so much, to social@abc.nl by Christmas Day.  Your favorites will kick off the new year for this blog, as they have done for the past 7 years, and you will receive a € 7,50 ABC Gift Certificate as a thank you!

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Gift Ideas for Avid Readers

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today is the day that all you avid readers of fiction get your chance to look through our suggestions.  Not to suggest that non-fiction readers are any less avid, but generally speaking, Fiction, Romance, Poetry and Memoirs & Essays readers log those page numbers the most (together with the Geeks and the Sleuths, of course).  :-)   Happy reading! If you want more tips, meet our Fiction buyers: Renate, Reinoud, and Simone.

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

Fiction

Ebook available for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Stone Mattress, The Bone Clocks, Us, and Barracuda.

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Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Like Books

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Everyone knows one: that person who doesn’t read books.  Who thinks books are old-fashioned and just bits of dead tree (or useless bits and bytes, for that matter).  Who claims that reading is not something they do.  Well, we have gifts for them too!  All you have to do is check our Magazines, Audio Books, Calendars, Games and Stationery sections (we also have Cards, and Merchandise like Pop! Vinyl figures), or the areas near our cash registers that are always filled with little bits and bobs you didn’t know you absolutely needed to have.

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

Magazines

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Gift Ideas for Chefs

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

In this post you will find some delicious gift ideas for the food nut in your family or group of friends with books from our Cooking and Nutrition sections.

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

Cooking

Ebook available for Plenty More, Huckleberry and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

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