The American Book Center, Amsterdam

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At The American Book Center, find an enormous range of English language books and magazines (mostly from the US) spread across three floors. The store makes an ideal place to stock up on vacation reading material should you run out, or simply to browse. Friendly, knowledgeable staff will point you in the direction of any particular books you're looking for, and provide recommendations if you can't decide. Work out when and for how long to visit The American Book Center and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site .
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  • Nice, well organized, beautiful texts ... Pleasant to take a walk between texts and walls of books in English with a one of the most beautiful areas in my view of Amsterdam at 3 minutes from Dam
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  • Fantastic shop, carrying a huge selection of English books. The staff know their stuff, truly anything can be found here, including a mega large section of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Trust them to ca...  more »
  • Just a fabulous store that you can spend hours in, wandering around like a kid in a candy store. Absolutely amazing sci-fi and fantasy section with lots of obscure titles. A must-visit when you're in ...  more »
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  • Very big place. I wasn't able to find the book I was looking for right of the bet, so I asked the young receptionist and she kindly helped me get directions. I believe the letters for finding a book should be bigger, because it wasn't noticeable. But after having the hang of it you can find it easily. It has 3 floors and a very real area where you can sit relax and drink coffee. He had a really big reading area so I can only assume that hey hold workshops there. A very great place that needs some exploring. Only down side is. 10% discount isn't even a euro from the original price. If you want to give a discount try 40% to returnees. And maybe other actions like return a book and get 50% discount on your next book. I bought a book for school but after 3 weeks I really won't need it anymore and it isn't that good of a book. I rather wanted another book but spend 10 euros on this one. Waste of money if you ask me. I saw a really cool book but didn't had enough anymore to buy it.
  • Everyone knows that this is the place you can find, or order any book your heart desires. They have so many different kinds of books, and the people that work there are absolutely wonderful. They are so helpful and will stop at nothing until they help you find what you are looking for. There has been several times when I needed a book, but they didn't have it, but all I had to do was give them the name of the book, my name, and my phone number, and they would have it delivered within a few days to a week. Even if you can't visit their store to order your book, they are very happy to help you via telephone :)
  • Loads of books in all the genres. They also sell games. The prices are fair. Upstairs has a small cafe. I enjoyed a slice of vegan cake and a water while my teen shopped. At the till they have a box with calendars and you can choose one for free with each purchase. We bought a membership for €7 that gives you 10% off for 1 year.
  • Great bookshop. Huge selection and friendly staff. Big building is nice. Come here regularly just to browse
  • A really good English language bookshop. Loads of stock - books and magazines. And seats so you can sit down and browse properly!
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