Posts Tagged ‘Our Favorite Things’


Introducing the new crop of ABC Favorites

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

See that logo to the right? If you are holding a book with a sticker like that on it, or you come across a title on our site with that logo next to it, you’ve found an  ABC Favorite.  These books are our most cherished, mind-blowing and best-loved titles. Some are tried-and-tested classics while others are much newer, but ALL of them come highly recommended by an ABC staff member. A book has to be really special to earn that sticker!

We update our Favorites list regularly and here are some of our most recent additions:

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (ebook here)
This was a bestseller from the moment it was published. A movie based on this touching teens-with-cancer story will be released this summer. You can read Oona Juutinen’s glowing You Review here.

Attack on Titan 1 – Hajime Isayama
Our first-ever Manga Favorite! This post-apocalyptic, award-winning story pits the remnants of humanity against all-devouring giants.

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes (ebook)
One of the best-selling books in the US last year, purely by word-of-mouth. A beautifully written love story that will stay with you forever.

The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch (ebook)
Intrigue, action and, yes, even a little bit of romance, all mixed together. Ocean’s Eleven meets magical Renaissance fantasy.

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You – The Oatmeal
“If your cat is kneading you, that’s not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will – Judith Schalansky and Christine Lo
Does what it says on the tin – but in a superbly designed manner.  Puts a whole new spin on “the art of travel.”

You can find our Favorites in a special bookcase on the ground floor at ABC Amsterdam, or on the big table by the Information Desk at ABC The Hague.

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day!

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

That’s right, folks, this Thursday, November 28th, is THANKSGIVING DAY!

It’s our favorite day of the year, where we thank you for being our customer with an extra 10% discount (so 20% discount if you normally already get 10%).  The extra discount applies to everything we have in stock in our stores on Thanksgiving Day: books, bargains, magazines, calendars, games, etc.

NB: the extra discount does NOT apply to special orders made on Thanksgiving Day, special orders that haven’t arrived yet, e-books, or anything you want mailed to your home.

NB 2: in the Netherlands, the extra discount is ON Thanksgiving Day.  No Black Friday here.

If you have a valid, registered discount card you can expect your Thanksgiving Day voucher in the mail any day now.  As usual, it’s valid in both our stores and you can use it from November 28th until December 31st, 2013.

Greg Shapiro fans should visit ABC The Hague from 12.30 – 14.00 hrs as he will be signing his book How To Be Orange then.  He packed the house at ABC Amsterdam last month, so best get there on time!

You can also see Espresso Book Machine demonstrations in both stores.  It’s always wonderful to see a book come off the press live – and it really is hot when it comes out of the shute!  :-)

The annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the ABC Treehouse will take place from 18.00 – 20.00 hrs in the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam.  Please make a reservation here (top of the page).  There are still a few places left.  The Blue Clay Honkers will play a short set at ABC Amsterdam in the late afternoon, and a full set during dinner.  You don’t want to miss them!

Please visit us so we can thank you for all your support during the 40+ years we’ve been going.  We’re nothing without you and you make working here such a joy. :-)

Neil Gaiman and Laura Lam visit ABC Amsterdam!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

This is what you get for going on a 3-week holiday: two fabulous authors ninja-visit ABC Amsterdam and you’re not around to blag/blog about it.  :-)

Laura Lam is the author of the magical book Pantomime (for her fans: she’s hard at work at the sequel, Shadowplay!).  Here she is, taking time off a family reunion weekend, signing our stock copies:

Neil Gaiman is, well, a literary Rock Star, isn’t he?  In fact, I have a theory that he is the Doctor, since he manages to warp and stretch his time in ways unfathomable to my mortal mind.  Somehow, between book signings in Rotterdam and Utrecht to promote his latest book The Ocean at the End of the Lane and an appearance at the Lowlands Festival, he found it in himself to visit us!  (Our Tiemen’s enticing tweets might have helped, too.)(And yes, we did beg for him to visit us for an official signing, but I guess even the Doctor’s powers are finite.)  He signed our stock copies, admired our tribute window and was generally amazingly wonderful.  Proof of his visit is below, with our Tiemen on the left and our Maarten on the right.  Notice their “I’m in literary heaven!” faces.  :-)   Also note how Maarten’s “always wear all black in case Neil comes to visit” policy finally paid dividends!

Thanks so much to both Laura and Neil for taking the trouble to visit.  Please come back any time you feel like it!

Khaled Hosseini visits ABC Amsterdam!

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

So, here you are, an ABC employee, minding your own business on the second floor at ABC Amsterdam, when all of a sudden none other than bestselling author Khaled Hosseini walks in!  \O/

Mr. Hosseini very kindly signed some copies of his latest, And The Mountains Echoed, for us.  Happily, our Jilles had his phone ready to capture the moment.

Thanks so much for dropping by, and doing a bit of work on what seems like a very leisurely day.  Do come again.  :-)

EBooks – though sadly unsigned – are available for The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed.  Don’t forget our special eBooks deal at the moment: buy an eBook, get the stocked paper copy for 50% off!

Charles Stross visits ABC Amsterdam

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

What a way to brighten up a Monday!

Award-winning author Charles Stross ninja-visited ABC Amsterdam yesterday. Our Tiemen caught him signing his books on camera:

Later on he also tweeted a picture of our EBM, which happened to be merrily printing a book at the time.  And, even later, he took our Tiemen pub-crawling (might have been the other way ’round, too).

Thanks for the impromptu visit, Mr. Stross!  Since this was your second one in a few years, maybe we can make your next one a proper Book Signing?  Pretty please?  :-)