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. Plan to visit The American Book Center during your Amsterdam vacation using our convenient Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.
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  • There are several bookstores on the Spui in Amsterdam and on Fridays there is also book market on the square. As the name suggests, the range especially English speaking. We were looking for certain comic books and also there they were pretty sorted. Staff was helpful and they could order things if necessary. We got a return.
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  • Browsing in this bookstore is a great experience and you will not resist buying some great finds for you or for gifts ! There are great art and graphic books and artists monographies, but not only !! ...  more »
  • They have several floors of books and magazines from different countries and categories, with sales areas. The staff were friendly and could stay several hours looking for books.
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  • My favorite bookshop. A great collection of fantasy books. The games department always has some surprises and the staff is very knowledgeable. Only thing I miss is a coffee corner :-)
  • This is easily one of the best book places in Amsterdam from my experience. Their rivalled Waterstone's is around the corner, but the American Book centre offers 4 stories of all the type of English literature you can imagine.
  • The interior is fascinating. Just get lost in their different floors. The collection of books is huge and the staff is super friendly.
  • I've never wanted to buy more books from a single bookstore than I did here. Several floors of books on a wide range of topics. From coffee table to geopolitical cliff notes and everything in between. Could spend a whole day here
  • Great place. A lot of books. Pricey. Children's section is on the second floor and place has no elevator. Beware if you are with a stroller.

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