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February might be the shortest month, but it sure packs a punch!
We'll have our annual Inventory Day, ABC Amsterdam will celebrate Valentine's Day with a Single Mingle (and both stores will go all out to encourage you to go on a Blind Date with a Book), and no less than eight well-known Dutch authors will visit ABC Amsterdam in one afternoon. And of course, after the relative quiet of January, we'll have lots of new titles. The literary year is truly off the mark now.
Happy reading!
- The ABC Mailings Team

Please note that both stores will be CLOSED FOR INVENTORY on Monday 4 February.

Should you have an insatiable ABC craving that Monday: you can still shop until you drop online at We also have many years of content to browse through in our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds, as well as on our blog!
Our Amsterdam store was recently visited by a nine-year-old gentleman who fell in love with Betty, our book-making machine. He's writing his own book (3 pages done so far!) to be published on Betty, and he wants to apprentice with María, one of Betty's operators, when he is 13. We're carefully saving his application letter.

Another recent visitor brought in his well-filled Book Money jar.

We're big fans not just of the excellent manner in which he saved up, but also that he chose us to spend all those coins with us! We really have the best customers. Thank you for being so inventive and fun!
Did you know... that we will gladly order books for you if you can't find them on our shelves? We even have a supplier of second-hand books.
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February is Black History Month in the US. We'll be highlighting a title or two every week during the month.
It will be difficult to choose what to highlight among the many inspiring, harrowing, comical and thought-provoking books on offer.
If you like to read the book before you see the movie, then you're in luck: we've lined up the 2019 Oscar contenders based on books along with the books celebrating their art. The awards ceremony is on 25 February so there's plenty of time to catch up on your reading.
(an interesting mix of old and new)
What We're Reading
" Just finished The Friend, which was quite beautiful "
"An inventive, adventurous read drenched in Korean lore. Perfect for everyone who loves the Percy Jackson books!"
"WOW! Can I have the second book now please?"
"A book about our complex relationship with this animal that has such a bad reputation. We actually have a lot in common with this clever beastie."
See more What We're Reading
New & Notable Fiction
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
- Marlon James
Mary Ventury and the Ninth Kingdom
- Sylvia Plath
On the Come Up
- Angie Thomas
The New Iberia Blues
- James Lee Burke
The Raven Tower
- Ann Leckie
See more New & Notable Fiction
New & Notable Non-Fiction
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive
- Stephanie Land
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
- Shoshana Zuboff
The Courage to Be Disliked
- Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations
- Toni Morrison
The Four Horsemen
- Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens
See more New & Notable Non-Fiction
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