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|Meet the Buyers: Travel Guides|
The days are long, it's mostly dry and sometimes even sunny, and everyone is zombie-walking their way to their summer vacations. It must be July! High time to introduce you to the dapper gentlemen who make sure you have plenty of holiday destinations to choose from in our Travel Guides sections.|
Meet MaxM from ABC Amsterdam and Tom from ABC The Hague.
How long have you been the section's buyer?
MaxM: Since 2013.
Tom: I'm not entirely sure. Since 2002? 2004? Quite a while.
What guides, besides those on The Netherlands, do you always try to keep in stock?
MaxM: Those on Indonesia, Croatia, Japan, Berlin and Portugal.
Tom: Pretty much everything, really. Except the guides on Antarctica. But I really do try to have the entire Lonely Planet and Eyewitness guide collections in stock at all times. Rough Guides are a little less popular.
Do you take a travel guide with you when you go on vacation?
MaxM: No. I once bought one when I went to South Africa, but I didn't use it. So out of habit I don't buy them because I don't really need them.
Tom: Yes. The way I travel I can only bring one guide with me, though, so it's always the Lonely Planet for me. It has more info than the others about logistics, cheap accommodation, etc. I do look in other guides for information, though. Once I travelled to Rome with three other people, and every one of us had a different type of guide! That was great for comparisons.
Personal preference: Lonely Planet, Rough Guide or Eyewitness guides?
MaxM: Rough Guides. They offer more depth about the country's culture and cultural institutions rather than purely information, which the Lonely Planets offer more of. They are also less frequently published than Lonely Planets, which to me seems like they have a better value.
Tom: Lonely Planets, as I just explained. Eyewitness guides are beautiful to look at. Rough Guides I'm not that familiar with, so it takes me a longer time to look up the information I need.
What has been the top-selling, non-Netherlands guide in 2014 so far?
MaxM: The Lonely Planet Japan. No matter how many I buy for the section, I always sell out quickly!
Tom: The past few years I've noticed that Croatia and Denmark have been relative bestsellers. Usually it's the guides to France and Spain.
If you could visit any destination in the world, where would you go?
MaxM: Seoul and Tokyo. Seoul because it is the StarCraft capital in the world. I don't play the game as much anymore, but I would love to soak up how unbelievably huge it is there. Tokyo because it is a country unto itself. It's an enormous city, very densely populated, yet everything stays orderly. I've always wanted to go there.
Tom: I would like to visit Pitcairn and Socotra. Pitcairn because it's one of those islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that take forever to reach. The trip would be quite costly, but I would love to make it once. Socotra is an island off the Yemen coast. It has some spectacular nature, but because of its location it's quite a dangerous place to travel to.
There are ebooks available for travel guides to Indonesia, Croatia, Berlin, Portugal, Antarctica, South Africa, Rome, Japan, Denmark, France, Spain, Seoul, Pitcairn (in the LP South Pacific) and Socotra (in the LP Oman, UAE and Arabian Peninsula). In fact, there are ebooks available for practically all travel guides. Check abc.nl for more.
Still not sure where your summer plans will take you? Check out our Nice Price: Travel news mailing recommendations list. It's been freshly updated with our latest travel guide bargains.
|Ebooks for easy holiday travel|
The eternal dilemma for a bookworm is how many books to pack for your vacation. Too many and you can't lift your suitcase, too few and you might - gasp! - be stuck without a book to read. It is this particular conundrum that an ebook can solve most elegantly. |
We have thousands of ebooks available on our website. They can be read on ereaders like the Sony and the Kobo (but NOT the Kindle). They can also be read on an iPhone or iPad with the help of a free app. Furthermore, your 10% ABC discount is valid, too! Search for ebooks using our Advanced Search and see our Ebook FAQ for more information.
Ebook bestsellers so far this year include:
The Circle - Dave Eggers
The Master - Colm Toíbín
An Officer and a Spy - Robert Harris
Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
Dark Witch - Nora Roberts
Air Bound - Christine Feehan
Young Adult Fiction
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud
Beautiful Creatures: The Complete Series (books 1, 2, 3, 4) - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Wild - Cheryl Strayed
The Body Book - Cameron Diaz
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War - Christopher Clark
|World War I remembered|
"Sophie! Sophie! Don't die! Live for our children!" |
With these immortal words Archduke Franz Ferdinand breathed his last on June 28th, 1914, and the downward spiral into one of the most deadly and catastrophic conflicts the world had ever seen began in earnest.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War. For four years the Allied Powers battled the Central Powers, not only across Europe but also in Asia and Africa, as the vast 19th-century empires began to crumble. This, truly, was the first world war.
The Netherlands somehow remained neutral, so you'll be forgiven for not knowing too much about it if you're Dutch. Luckily for you, though, an enormous number of books on the topic have been (re-)published this year should you want to educate yourself. And really, you should want to, because the fall-out of World War I can still be felt today. The current tensions in the Middle East, for example, are based for a significant part on the treaties and promises made during and immediately after it.
Some excellent starting points are The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War, The War That Ended Peace, All Quiet on the Western Front, Goodbye to All That and A History of the First World War in 100 Objects. Whether you prefer (military) history, memoir, poetry, photography or fiction, there will be a seminal book about World War I to be found in that genre. We've rounded up a number of them on the World War I recommendations list on abc.nl.
- Sophie, Military History buyer at ABC The Hague (not related to the Archduke, as far as she knows)
Ebooks are available for The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War, The War That Ended Peace, All Quiet on the Western Front, Goodbye to All That and A History of the First World War in 100 Objects.
|Events: Rebecca Walker, Ayana Byrd & Lori Tharps, Adrienne Maree Brown|
They are all ladies of color, they are all proud women and they all want to share their experiences and stories with the world. We are extremely happy to be able to give them a podium and invite you to listen to and participate in one (or all) of these upcoming July events in Amsterdam:|
Coming up first on Saturday, July 5th, is Rebecca Walker who is presenting her novel Adé: A Love Story. Rebecca will also host a workshop on Fiction Writing and a workshop on Getting Published on Sunday the 6th at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam.
Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps will talk about their book Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America on Sunday 13th.
Finally, on July 16th, Adrienne Maree Brown will talk about the upcoming collection Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.
Other book events this summer: Dreaming of Wisdom: My Prophetic Life with Kiesha Crowther (Amsterdam), Modefabriek pop-up store (Amsterdam), Launch Party: Beer in the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Castlefest pop-up store (Lisse) and Otherbound with Corinne Duyvis (Amsterdam).
To stay informed about all our events, sign up for our monthly Events Mailing.
|Win a The Fault in Our Stars book poster!|
It's finally in Dutch cinemas: The Fault in Our Stars! The movie is based on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, an ABC Favorite and bestseller from the moment it was published in 2012. This amazing story about terminally ill Hazel and "gorgeous plot twist" Augustus, partially set in The Netherlands, has sold more copies than The Hunger Games. If there's someone out there who hasn't fallen in love with this book while reading it then we haven't met them yet...|
We have 5 The Fault in Our Stars book posters to give away!
(The posters are of the blue book cover, not the movie tie-in edition.)
Just answer the following question:
You've read EVERYTHING by John Green. What author should you read next?
Mail your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 10th. Please include "Fault in Our Stars" in the subject header.
Make sure you stay tuned to the ABC Blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds, because we should be having another amazing The Fault in Our Stars-related giveaway within the next week or two...
Ebook of The Fault in Our Stars available here.
|Win a SIGNED copy of Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis!|
On Sunday, August 30th, after completing a US book tour, local author Corinne Duyvis will be coming to ABC Amsterdam. She will read from and sign copies of her book Otherbound and talk with author/journalist Julie Phillips about the process of writing, the need for diversity in novels and the challenges a Dutch Fantasy author faces getting published by a major US publisher.|
You can win one of three SIGNED copies of Otherbound!
All you have to do is answer this question:
Name at least one other Young Adult novel that you loved that deals with LGBT issues.
Mail your answer to email@example.com by July 14th. Please include "Otherbound" in the subject header, and be sure to join Corinne's talk once you've finished reading her book. All your answers will be posted on the ABC blog toward the end of July.
|Print-on-demand titles from our EBMs|
The Espresso Book Machines (EBMs) at ABC Amsterdam and ABC The Hague are part of the store furniture by now. In past news mailings we have introduced some of the amazing authors who have printed their books with us. What you might not yet know, though, is that our EBMs also deliver print-on-demand titles from an ever-growing database. |
Some of the print-on-demand titles that have rolled off our presses recently include
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu & the Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, a one-volume edition of two classic books;
- Following Our Bliss - Don Lattin, subtitled "How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today";
- Little Men - Louisa May Alcott, the follow-up to Alcott's classic Little Women;
- My System: Winning Chess Strategies - Aron Nimzowitsch, a must-have for any chess enthusiast;
- and The Works of Aleister Crowley Vol. 1 - Aleister Crowley, part 1 of a three-part series, all of which are printable on our EBMs.
While we don't have the rights to every print-on-demand title out there, we can print a lot of them. In that case the title details on abc.nl will include the note "This title will be printed on demand on the EBM in either store". Visit our EBM intro page for more information.
|Book reviews by staff and customers|
The Anatomy Lesson - Nina Siegal|
"The novel is at its most convincing and moving when the author lets rip with her knowledge and experience of fine art, as her fiercely-imagined Rembrandt speaks of his work and of the forces which drive him to paint." - Richard Metcalf
Rocket Raccoon and Groot – Bill Mantlo, Dan Abnett, Mike Mignola and others
"After reading the Rocket Raccoon and Groot trade paperback, I can’t help wondering what writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen were smoking when they conjured up the character." - Michael Minneboo
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
"Jenny Han creates a fun story of love – not only the romantic kind but also sisterly love, and all the things we do or can do to our sisters without ever realizing what the consequences might be." - Lília, Children's Books and Young Adult Fiction buyer at ABC The Hague
Many more book reviews can be found on our blog.
|Best of the Bits|
Did you enjoy our 42nd birthday as much as we did?|
Which Parisian subway station must you visit this summer?
Which art theory books is Amsterdam Art buyer Jesse quite excited about?
Brazilian visitor Paul loved our Comics & Graphic Novels section so much he made a video!
An audio recording of which hobbit has been uncovered recently?
Let your mind snack on our tasty Bookbits and Store Bits! They are filled with news about the literary world in general and ABC in particular.
Check our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed regularly for other bookish facts and frivolities, like prize draws and recently-arrived titles.
|New & Notable Titles - Non Fiction|
Clash!: How to Thrive in a Multicultural World by Hazel Rose Markus|
Paperback edition. Expected the second week of July.
Who will rule in the twenty-first century: allegedly more disciplined Asians, or allegedly more creative Westerners? Can women rocket up the corporate ladder without knocking off the men? How can poor kids get ahead when schools favor the rich?
As our planet gets smaller, cultural conflicts are becoming fiercer. Rather than lamenting our multicultural worlds, Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner ...
Ebook available here.
Helps you perfect your barista technique with over 100 global coffee recipes from chai latte to ristretto. From the techniques of roasting, grinding, tamping and brewing to how to make a cappuccino, this book helps you learn what you need to know to make the perfect coffee and about the beauty of latte art.
Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton|
Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.
"All of us face hard choices in our lives," Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. "Life is about making such choices. Our ...
Holland Handbook 2014-2015 by Stephanie Dijkstra|
This indispensable expat guidebook offers practical information on everything you need to know if you're moving to Holland: the educational, social and medical systems, infrastructure etcetera, and life in Holland in general. Updated edition.
Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia by Michael Farquhar|
Scandal! Intrigue! Cossacks! Here the world’s most engaging royal historian chronicles the world’s most fascinating imperial dynasty: the Romanovs, whose three-hundred-year reign was remarkable for its shocking violence, spectacular excess, and unimaginable venality. In this incredibly entertaining history, Michael Farquhar collects the best, most captivating true tales of Romanov iniquity. We ...
The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East by Juan Cole|
The renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole illuminates the role of today's Arab youth-who they are, what they want, and how they will affect world politics.
Beginning in January 2011, the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests, riots, and civil wars that comprised what many call "the Arab Spring" shook the world. These upheavals were spearheaded by youth movements, and yet ...
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber|
At the heart of today's optimistic farm-to-table food culture is a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food. Our concern over factory farms and chemically grown crops might have sparked a social movement, but chef Dan Barber reveals that even the most enlightened eating of today is ultimately detrimental to ...
Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends and Lore by Paul Simpson|
Ebook available here.
The ultimate collection of soccer's greatest lore and legends, by two of the world's most knowledgeable soccer journalists
Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a rollicking run through 100 years of global soccer history that will surprise and delight fans old and new. Veteran soccer journalists Paul Simpson and Uli Hesse bring together the sublime feats, legendary personalities, neglected heroes, ...
|New & Notable Titles - Fiction|
Book of Life by Deborah E. Harkness|
Expected mid-July. Deborah Harkness will be coming to ABC Amsterdam in September!
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 "New York Times" bestselling trilogy that began with "A Discovery of Witches"
After traveling through time in "Shadow of Night, "the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchant-ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at ...
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami|
"Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.
Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended ...
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney|
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task.
To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance.
Will a roll of the dice turn things round, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy by Robin Hobb|
Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, "Assassin's Apprentice, " which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. A watershed moment in modern fantasy, this novel-and those that followed-broke exciting new ground in a beloved genre. Together with George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb helped ...
Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear Mcbride|
Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Ebook available here.
Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable ...
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie|
Ebook available here.
* I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
The deceived will become the deceiver.
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world ...
Mambo in Chinatown by Kwok J.|
From the bestselling author of "Girl in Translation," a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.
Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York's Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie's entire world has been limited to this small ...
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis|
Nolan doesn't see darkness when he closes his eyes. Instead, he's transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan's life in his small Arizona town is full of history tests, family tension, and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts. Amara's world is full of magic and danger-she's a mute servant girl who's tasked with ...
Silkworm by Robert Galbraith|
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript ...
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch|
This is the English translation of Zomerhuis met Zwembad. Herman Koch will also be coming to ABC Amsterdam in September.
When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.
It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their ...
The Book of David by Anonymous|
His secret is his downfall. A riveting, first-person tale in the tradition of "Go Ask Alice "and "Lucy in the Sky."
The author of this fictional diary began writing for a class assignment, but soon it became much more to him. As the star player of his high school football team, he faces a lot of pressure and expectation. Not to mention the secret that he's harboring inside. The secret that could ...
The Thousand Names by Django Wexler|
Ebook available here.
Captain Marcus d'Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire's colonial garrisons, was serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost-until a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.
To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. ...
Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon|
Ebook available here.
It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to ...