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AmazonEncore to Release Three Books in February

AmazonEncore Unearths Three Exceptional Books from Emerging Self-Published Authors

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 2009-- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that AmazonEncore, the program that identifies exceptional yet overlooked books and works with the authors to re-introduce their books to readers, will be introducing three new books in February 2010: “Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson” by first-time novelist Maria Murnane; “A Wish After Midnight” by Zetta Elliott, an American Library Association 2009 Notable Children’s Book author; and “They Never Die Quietly” by former book editor Daniel Annechino. These books were previously self-published via BookSurge. AmazonEncore’s edition of these forthcoming novels will be available in print format on www.amazon.com and as wireless digital downloads from the Kindle Store in less than 60 seconds. For more information on AmazonEncore, visit http://www.amazon.com/encore.

“These three exceptional works of fiction are an indication of the broad range of content that our customers have helped us identify as deserving of a larger audience. We’re very excited to help bring them to that larger audience,” said Jeff Belle, VP, Amazon books.

Author Maria Murnane originally published “Perfect on Paper” under her own Wink’s Ink imprint as part of the BookSurge print-on-demand program. The novel — about a successful businesswoman in her late 20s navigating her relationships and career — was a finalist in the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards, won the genre-based fiction category of the 2008 DIY Book Festival for independent publishing, won the women’s literature category of the Book Bloggers Top 10 of 2008 awards, and was named a finalist by USA Book News for a 2008 National Best Book Award. Amazon customers have called “Perfect on Paper” a “darling, satisfying read” and “chick-lit at its best.”

Initially published in 2008 under the author’s own Rosetta Press imprint, “A Wish After Midnight” is an imaginative historical fiction novel for young adults from Canadian author Zetta Elliott. Amazon customers described this time-travel narrative, which looks at Civil War-era Brooklyn through the eyes of a contemporary teenager as “clever historical fiction,” “stimulating reading” and “a delightful dream.”

Daniel Annechino’s “They Never Die Quietly” was originally published by the author using BookSurge services in February 2009. It was an immediate hit with Amazon reviewers and customers, who called the story of a terrifying serial killer and the detective who becomes his prey “a wild ride,” “an extreme page turner” and “one of the best thrillers I’ve read.” “They Never Die Quietly” tells the story of homicide Detective Sami Rizzo, who is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego. When the highly intelligent and evil villain outsmarts Rizzo and captures her, determined to make her his next victim, she must employ all her resources — both physical and intellectual — to outwit the villain at his own game.

Announced in May 2009, AmazonEncore is a program which identifies exceptional, overlooked books and authors that show potential for greater sales based on feedback gathered from Amazon.com’s readers, including customer reviews on Amazon websites. Amazon then works with the authors to re-introduce their books to readers by marketing and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Amazon Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store, www.Audible.com, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers. AmazonEncore has released one title, “Legacy” by Cayla Kluver, in August 2009. AmazonEncore is the brand owned by Amazon Content Services, LLC.

Galleys of these titles are available for media and can be obtained by emailing encore-pr@amazon.com.

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