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We know it's time to look ahead to 2021, but let's take a minute to review these very special Holidays of 2020. Here are a few of our personal "lockdown bookselling" highlights:

A few days after the stores had to close again, we set up Video Shopping in our Amsterdam store. How does it work? You call in via Zoom and a staff member browses the shelves with you just as if you were standing in the store. We got such enthusiastic feedback from customers that we are working on offering the service on a daily basis - even when stores reopen!

Kudos to all colleagues in Amsterdam and The Hague who hopped on their bikes in order to deliver last-minute Christmas gifts! Bike delivery seemed fun during the first lockdown in spring, but this time our messengers had to face the cold and darkness while delivering.

Once more we want to thank you all for your loyalty and for ordering with us. We appreciate every single order we received in this difficult year 2020 and are looking forward to many more in 2021.

Would you like to support us even more by filling in this short survey? The survey has 13 questions, and should take about 3 minutes to answer. THANK YOU!

We wish you a Happy New Year!
Wherever you are - whatever you do - keep reading,
your ABC staff

Lockdown bookselling in pictures

Our Sywert getting packages ready to be shipped.
While others got delivered by bike in Amsterdam ...
... and in The Hague.
Our Luke showcasing books via Video Shopping.

Our 2020 Bestsellers

These are our three bestselling books of this year. For the full list of titles, check out our list of ABC Bestsellers of 2020.

Lockdown reading

Have you already read the stack of books on your nightstand? Our staff is happy to surprise you with an ABC Booklover Box full of books and merchandise based on your preferences!

Lockdown writing

Getting creative while staying home? Our Betty the book making machine is ready to print and bind your dissertation, cookbook, memoirs, photo album or poems. Take a look at our Self-Publishing section or get in touch:

Lockdown giveaway

We are giving away four signed copies of The Greatest Secret. You can participate until Sunday, Dec 3rd, via our Facebook or Instagram channel.

Lockdown survey

Have a few minutes to spare while spending time at home? We appreciate your collaboration on this survey!

ABC Bestsellers 2020

This is a selection of our bestselling books 2020. Find the full list of titles here.
Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.
Rebecca Kuang comes crashing in with this smashing debut that mixes elements of Chinese history and mythological tales with the classic fantasy bildungsroman.
Tiemen, ABC Amsterdam
Definitely THE feel-good book I needed this year!
Natalia, ABC Amsterdam
Ottolenghi FLAVOUR is the impactful, next-level approach to vegetable cooking that Ottolenghi fans and vegetable lovers everywhere have been craving.
A White House memoir that is the most comprehensive and substantial account of the Trump Administration, and one of the few to date by a top-level official.
An absolutely fascinating read.
Pleun, ABC Amsterdam
An encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives middle school student Izuku Midoriyathe  chance to change his destiny...
Following Top Ten bestsellers Mythos and Heroes, this third volume retells the epic tale of Troy.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Event: ABC Open Mic - it's all about you!
Friday, Jan 8th 18:00
Virtual Event: ABC Open Mic - it's all about you!

Open Mic is your chance to go public with your book, song or poem. Everyone is welcome! It is the perfect intimate setting for you to share your talents and express your creativity. Everyone gets their 5 minutes in the spotlight!

Virtual Event: Book Chats
Friday, Jan 15th 18:00
Virtually, via Zoom
Virtual Event: Book Chats

This monthly book club is dedicated to the fine art of slowing down, taking stock, and doing what we do best: talking about our favorite books. Like-minded booklovers from around the community gather - via Zoom! - to chat about a selected novel which has been making waves and capturing imaginations around the world.

ABC Trade-In Day in The Hague
Friday, Feb 5th 11:00
The ABC Treehut, The Hague
ABC Trade-In Day in The Hague

Are your bookshelves full and do you need to make some space for new books? The ABC Trade In Day may be a perfect opportunity for you!

Spui 12, 1012 XA
020 625 5537
  The Hague
Lange Poten 23, 2511 CM
070 364 2742
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