ABC American Book Center
Since the early 1970’s The American Book Center (ABC) has been a fiercely independent and family-owned bookshop with stores in Amsterdam, The Hague, Leidschendam and a pop-up store in Amstelveen. Their international team of booksellers makes great customer service their first priority.
With half a century of staff and experience, ABC has been a survivor amid a highly volatile financial environment (even before the covid pandemic started), the technical revolution which has changed the way literature is consumed (Kindle, Audible, etc.) and a tremendous rise in online shopping.
ABC were one of the first bookstores to go online in the nineties. More recently, they acquired “Betty” – an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) – which allows the centre to provide a print-on-demand service, giving the local community an easily accessible hub for self-publishing.
Community focus is of essential importance to ABC. They have lots of fantastic events across their shops: regular open-mic sessions, book talks, signings, trade-in days, and blogs to keep their customers engaged. Added to this is a focus on diversity, allowing ABC to also speak to a younger generation with pop-up stores at events like Comic Con, as well as offering an increasing selection of Young Adult (YA) literature, Manga and BookTok hits.
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