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Gift Ideas for Artists

Monday, October 20th, 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!

Let’s start off with gifts for the artistic soul in your life with books from our Music, Art, Street Art, Tattoo and Fantasy Art 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.



Magic the Gathering tournament at ABC Treehouse on May 26th!

Friday, May 17th, 2013

ABC is hosting another official Magic the Gathering tournament on May 26th: The Two-Headed Giant sealed deck battle!

You’ll be playing with the three sets from the Retun to Ravnica Block: Dragon’s Maze, Gatecrash and Return To Ravnica.

Players sign up in pairs of two. Every 2-headed team receives 8 boosters so you are able to make two decks of 40 cards. Your team will play against a different two-headed team every round. You’ll be playing four rounds.

Per team we’ll enter 4 boosters in a prize pot. We’ll have some goodies to give away as well.

The ABC Treehouse opens at 11.30. The Tournament will start at 12.00.

  • Date: Sunday, May 26th
  • Place: ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam
  • Time: 12 – 18.30 hrs
  • Cost: € 35,- per team
  • Special Note: Please reserve your team spot by making a reservation (here, top of the page, right) and please include your DCI number if you have one in the extra info section.
  • Contact info: Jitse Verwer, 020-6255537

It will be fun, so  join us for another Sunday full of Magic!

To read more on the Two Headed Giant format, click here.

Bookbits for April 18th, 2013

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
  • And finally, booksellers, from all angles. We do like to think this is what we do, although sadly/thankfully* not quite so half-dressed. (*cross out whatever is inapplicable here)

Many thanks to Tom, Rick, Jitse, PeterL and Sigrid for several of the above links!  If you have any book-related news links you want to share, mail

Store Bits

Monday, April 8th, 2013

My lovely fellow booksellers frequently send me short notes about a new book from their sections that has caught their fancy, or a website that highlights a particular series of books they’ve seen fly off the shelf, or a picture with a subsection change.  We tweet them often enough, but I thought they warranted a special spot here on the blog, too!  So I’m introducing a brand-new series of posts, Store Bits – kind of a Lit Links mixed with a Bookbits mixed with ABC News.  Enjoy!

PeterL has spotted a new subgenre in the Mysteries & Thrillers genre: personal growth/mind-body-spirit crime.

“Bestselling author Gay Hendricks, well known for his books about personal growth and the mind-body connection, has, in collaboration with Tinker Lindsay, written a new crime-series.  In The First Rule Of Ten, Tenzing Norbu (“Ten” for short) – ex-buddhist monk and soon to be ex-cop – takes on his first case as a private investigatorin L.A. Growing up in Tibetan monestery, Ten dreamed of becoming a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. So when he was sent to Los Angeles to teach meditation, he joined the LAPD instead. Set in the modern-day streets and canyons of Los Angeles, The First Rule of Ten is at turns humorous, insightful, and riveting—a gripping mystery as well as a reflective, character-driven story with intriguing life-lessons for us all.”

There are currently 2 volumes in this series, The First Rule of Ten and The Second Rule of Ten, and both are available in the Crime section on the first floor of ABC Amsterdam.

Jitse wants to direct your attention to the Gotham City Archives, where Chip “Iconic Book Designer” Kidd’s Batman: Death by Design is discussed.  Be warned if you’re a Batman fan, though, because the site is loaded with great Batman material, including maps of Gotham City and articles by people like philosopher Slavoj Zizek about the Christopher Nolan movies.

He’s also very happy to be able to say that the Art & Animation section has been revamped at ABC Amsterdam.  See the bottom of the post for a picture.  You can find the section on ABC Amsterdam’s first floor.

Jilles is really excited about a great new book by Nick Ortner, The Tapping Solution, “about Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT as they all call it. The technique is very easily explained and it’s applicable to almost every problem with often very quick results. Everybody is using it these days, so check out this very practical book.”  You can find The Tapping Solution in the Consciousness section on the second floor at ABC Amsterdam and in the Psychology section at ABC The Hague.

On our Facebook page we found the following message last week: “Hi there! I discovered ABC online and can’t wait to pop by to see your bookstore in person when I’m next in Amsterdam! :) I devised a Bookstore Bucket List and included you guys in it! Please read & share the article. Thanks, enjoy! – Ashlea Green

Thanks for including us, Ashlea!  We hope you manage to visit all the beautiful stores mentioned – and hope you can pass by ABC The Hague, too.  :-)

Lastly, Marten reminds me to let all of our customers know that both stores have David Byrne’s How Music Works back in stock!

Gift Ideas: Graphic Novels, Manga, Art, Games

Tuesday, November 13th, 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 Graphic Novels & Comics, Manga, Art and Games as supplied by Ester, Martijn, Jitse and Jouke.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!