|I spent the afternoon wandering around the World Book Market (wereldboekenmarkt in Dutch) making fairly random purchases, some fiction, one book on art and a recipe book covered in a cotton tartan (Stewart I think) with Scottish recipes presented in English and Dutch.
The market was along about 4km of the city’s canals and was part of the Amsterdam World Book Capital Year.
|Some books I didn’t buy – Casanova’s memoirs in six volumes.|
|The market was right around the Stadhuis (Town Hall) and Waterlooplein|
|… along St Antoniesbreestraat, where it was mainly publishers and where I picked up a “damaged” book for 2 euro. I haven’t yet found the damage, maybe there’s a vital page missing and I won’t know until I read it.|
|Outside the Pinto library was the library rat, or rather Geronimo Stilton – kids were getting their photo taken with him.|
|Bol.com were promoting themselves with simple big balloons and small giveaway balloons announcing that they also sell second hand books.|
|The prettiest part of the market was along the Gelderskade.
The city wasn’t crowded, and I did hear from one of the stall holders that it hadn’t been that well promoted – I haven’t seen much in the way of posters or ads so he might be right. Made it a pleasure for me though, I’m not good in big crowds. Now I’m off to read my books.