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    Evenaar - Travel bookstore - Amsterdam
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    Frontier bookshop
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    POLARE (former De Slegte): Second Hand Books

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 9, 2014

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    De Slegte - Kalverstraat
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    De Slegte is a well-known and popular Dutch chain of second hand book stores.

    They claim to have more than a million books on stock and besides their popular section on the groundfloor (with new surplus books), the second hand section per subject and the studybooks on the upper floors is a visit worth while.

    In June 2013 the name of the stores was changed into POLARE.

    2014 update: Well the POLARE giant had a short life. It looks like most shops will return in some local form with a name from the past.

    What to buy: Books (and National Geographic Magazines)

    What to pay: A few bucks.

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    Antiquariaat Brinkman: Older than old books

    by Jerelis Written Dec 19, 2013

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    Feet the quiet atmosphere.

    In the digital world we live in books have become more and more nostalgic. Though I believe a story is best read in book form, e-readers are a convenient way of collecting a lot of stories in a small device. However, bookstores like this will always lure me in with the mystery of a collection of old books.

    In the middle of all the tourist mayhem with kebab shops, souvenir shops and on the corner of the “9 straatjes” is this little, old bookshop. The store is like the department of the library you never knew was there, where a serene and quiet atmosphere is combined with shelves filled with books. It’s not the latest Grisham or Brown they sell here, it’s the decade old books where the book itself is a story. Though the writers of the books might be unknown to most people, the charm of the browned pages and the withered covers make you want to buy the book.

    A bookshelf filled with books in a variety of sizes will never lose its charm. Books at Brinkman are the books you wish you could take with you as easy as your e-reader. It is never wrong to go back to the time where letters were printed on paper instead of screens and start a collection of real books yourself.

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    AKO: Newspapers, cards and more.

    by pieter_jan_v Written Sep 28, 2013
    AKO store - Central Station

    AKO newspaper/book stores are located at the following locations throughout Amsterdam; the ones at major train stations are listed on top:
    -Stationsplein 45 G (Central station)
    -Stationsplein 13 G (Central station)
    -Orlyplein 99 (Sloterdijk station)
    -Stationsplein 1 (Duivendrecht station)
    -Zuidplein 10 (Amsterdam Zuid station)
    -ArenA Boulevard 610 (Arena Station)

    -Ferdinand Bolstraat 107
    -Beethovenstraat 42
    -Christiaan Huygensplein 25
    -Buitenveldertselaan 180
    -Meibergdreef 9

    Business hours (at the Central Station) :
    Mo-Sa: 6:30 - 10:45PM
    Su: 7:30 - 10:45PM

    What to buy: Newspaper, glossy, postcard or a book.

    What to pay: Common prices

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    • Photography

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    Oudemanhuispoort - Book stores: Oudemanhuispoort

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 28, 2011

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    Oudemanhuispoort - Amsterdam
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    The Oudemanhuispoort was the entrance to the first man and women (seperated) hospital in Amsterdam dating from 1601, situated between the Oudezijds Achterburgwal (RLD area) and the Kloveniersburgwal near the Staalstraat. loopt, dateert ongeveer uit 1601, toen het complex als Oudemannen- en vrouwengasthuis verrees.
    In 1786 the passage got its side ports and room which today are in still in use as Amsterdam's best known book stores.

    What to buy: Book; English titels too.

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    Theater and Film Books: Theater and Film Books

    by dustmon Updated Sep 23, 2010
    Film and Theater bookstore Leiseplein

    This is a very small but excellent book store on the Leidseplein Square, which has many books on Film and Theater. Lots of books about individual stars (I found a great Japanese book on Sean Connery as James Bond) and Directors (found another great book on Director and ex-Monty Pythonite Terry Gilliam). The staff is very pleasant and helpful to non-Dutch speaking folk like me!
    The shop is at the far left of the picture-----right near where the #5 tram stops

    What to buy: Books on Film and Theater

    What to pay: average prices

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    • Photography
    • Theater Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    Antiquariaat Lont: great selection of childrens books

    by dustmon Written Sep 22, 2010

    A great spot that is not open much, but worth seeking out if you want kids books---antiques and otherwise----I met the daughter of the owner at the Spui book market on Monday (every monday in the Spui Square during the day) and she said to check out her father's place for children's books---I collect Alice In Wonderland books and found a great pop-up book in Dutch for my collection there----they have plenty of other books so definitely check this place out if it is open when you stroll past!

    What to buy: antique books

    What to pay: good prices

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    • School Holidays
    • Family Travel

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    Frontier: Publishing store

    by dustmon Written Sep 18, 2010
    Frontier bookshop

    Frontier specializes in books and magazines/dvds in topics such as alternative medicine, new age, crystals, conspiracies, UFOs and other cool topics---they have a great statue out front and a fun staff to talk to---check it out if they are open when you walk by----
    10-6 mon-sat
    12-6 sunday
    but there are exceptions---

    What to buy: books, mags, dvds

    What to pay: average

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    • School Holidays
    • Gay and Lesbian

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    Book stores: De Slegte

    by dustmon Written Sep 15, 2010

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    This is a big book store with many different departments----dutch and english books., I found a really cool Alice in Wonderland (dutch version) for my collection....I recommend a visit to any book lovers----

    What to buy: anything you like---books galore

    What to pay: good price

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    • School Holidays
    • Arts and Culture

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    VROLIJK = GAY: Bookstore VROLIJK A'DAM

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 26, 2005

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    Maybe not a coincidence though the name of bookstore VROLIJK means GAY, and this bookstore happens to be the best for gays and lesbians. The shop opened in 1984 and became an unique phenomenon in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Europe and at least to the world. Very easy to reach next to the Royal Palace at Dam Square.

    What to buy: VROLIJKs assortment is indeed unique, including all kind of books from lifestyle to papers, from calendars to postcards, from matches to gay items ...

    What to pay: Some Euros up to expensive, great photo books ...

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    Evenaar: Travel Literature

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 15, 2011
    Evenaar - Travel bookstore - Amsterdam
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    At the Evenaar bookstore you find travel literature from over the whole globe.

    Twice a year book readings by famous travellers are held in the shop.

    Busines hours: Daily: 0.15PM - 6PM

    What to buy: Travel books.

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    English Bookshop Jordaan: Jordaan bookstore

    by dustmon Updated Sep 18, 2010
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    Lots of stuff in English of course---right in the middle of the Jordaan, so check it out on your walking tour----magazines, books, dvds, all kinds of interesting materiel....

    What to buy: books, mags

    What to pay: average

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    • Family Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    L.J. Harri: Nautic books!

    by nighthawk Written Feb 24, 2003

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    Nautic books

    Second floor of the VOC cafe houses a nautic book store. I had a quick look and I sure gotta come back to have a proper look.

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