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Interviews

ABC Interview: Matty

We decided to play the Q&A game with the ABC staff, and asked all sorts of bookish questions. In the coming weeks we will be posting their (sometimes cheeky!) answers here on the blog, so you can learn a little more about us. Enjoy! This time around we talk to Matty, [...]

Management guru David Allen: “I didn’t use drugs to escape, but to discover”

By Hilda Bouma The American productivity guru David Allen wrote Team: Getting Things Done with Others, a sequel to his bestseller Getting Things Done. This article originally appeared in Het Financieele Dagblad on June 20, 2024. It’s been translated from the Dutch and edited slightly for space and clarity. One in five [...]

ABC Interview: Sywert

We decided to play the Q&A game with the ABC staff, and asked all sorts of bookish questions. In the coming weeks we will be posting their (sometimes cheeky!) answers here on the blog, so you can learn a little more about us. Enjoy! This time around we talk with Sywert, Jack-of-all-trades [...]

ABC Interview: Carla

We decided to play the Q&A game with the ABC staff, and asked all sorts of bookish questions. In the coming weeks we will be posting their (sometimes cheeky!) answers here on the blog, so you can learn a little more about us. Enjoy! This time around we talk with Carla, [...]

How we work

The book buyer: Lynn Kaplanian-Buller interviews Lília Visser Lilia is a seasoned ABC book buyer. Asked how she would define a good one, she says the most important characteristic for book buyers is listening to customers. Besides that, a book buyer must keep an eye on what sells, its [...]

2023-01-25T17:01:46+01:00Tags: , , |

Conversations with customers

Marie is a good example of a “growing up with ABC” customer: niece of our Sophie, she has known the ABC since she was born. Her ABC store may have changed from The Hague to Amsterdam, where she moved to study and work, but her loyalty remains the same. [...]

2023-01-07T13:40:18+01:00Tags: , , |

Conversations with customers

Lauren Lauren is not only a customer but also our blog editor. She’s an avid reader, so when she moved to the Netherlands back in 1996 to work as a journalist, she just had to find the ABC. ABC Lília: Hi Lauren, great talking to you! Lauren: Thanks, [...]

2022-12-09T13:23:46+01:00Tags: , , |

Conversations with customers

Peter and Lotte Longtime customer Peter introduced his wife, Lotte, to ABC. But that was only the beginning of their love story. Read on to see how they gave new meaning to the phrase “book lovers” (with a little help from Covid, timing and ABC staff). [...]

2022-10-12T12:26:25+02:00Tags: , |

ABC: Kids and BookTok

If you lead teens to #BookTok, you won’t have to make them read (Hint: they’ll do it on their own) written by Lauren As a lifelong reader, I always found it disheartening that my daughters didn’t take to the written word. They inherited other, less desirable behavioral traits, [...]

2022-09-26T13:53:11+02:00Tags: , , |

Conversations with customers

Herman Herman is a long-time customer in The Hague who likes to have conversations and exchange opinions with us. We usually see him two or three times a week in the store, where he comes just to browse our bookcases and talk to us. ABC Lília: Hi, Herman, [...]

2022-10-12T12:29:59+02:00Tags: , |
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