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CreateSpace Dramatically Lowers the Costs of Publishing for Authors and Publishing Professionals with New Pro Plan Pricing
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Mar 25, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com, Inc., group of companies (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced the CreateSpace Pro Plan, a new program that provides self-published authors and publishing professionals with access to lower book printing prices and increased royalties on Amazon.com and other channels via the CreateSpace Books on Demand service.

"Pro Plan gives authors and publishers easy, self-service access to the print pricing they want without all of the hassles of managing inventory and distribution. They also get the best possible availability on Amazon.com," said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, co-founder and managing director for CreateSpace. "Now authors and publishers are no longer forced to make a tradeoff between the convenience of no-inventory, on-demand fulfillment and better economics for their books."

Members who want to self-publish using the CreateSpace Books on Demand service now have two options: they can continue to sign up at no charge using CreateSpace's Standard pricing plan, or they can take advantage of the new Pro Plan pricing model by paying a $50 one-time setup fee per title to gain access to increased royalty payments and deeply discounted print pricing. The program works on a title-by-title basis. Members can upgrade from Standard to Pro Plan at any time, allowing them to test demand for their book with Standard pricing and upgrade to Pro Plan pricing.

With both Standard and Pro Plan, CreateSpace members can distribute both black-and-white- and color-interior books on Amazon.com, their free CreateSpace eStore and their own website. Furthermore, members retain all copyrights to their work, set their own list price and have the option to use their own imprint name and ISBN or be assigned a free CreateSpace ISBN.

"The sales for my first book have been amazing and I couldn't have done it without CreateSpace," said CreateSpace Pro Plan member Michelle L. Long, author of "Successful QuickBooks Consulting." "I'm a CPA, and wrote the book to support my consulting business and enhance my reputation. I am extremely busy and liked how easy it was to set up my book on Amazon and my own website using the CreateSpace service. Soon after I set it up, I was making thousands of dollars a month in royalties without having to deal with shipping books to customers. Signing up for CreateSpace Pro and making even more money was simply a no brainer!"

To find out more about CreateSpace Pro Plan pricing or to download a free price comparison calculator to determine which plan is right for your book, please visit http://www.createspace.com/Products/BooksPrices.jsp.

About CreateSpace

CreateSpace is a DBA of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). A leader in manufacture-on-demand services for independent creative content owners, CreateSpace was originally founded as CustomFlix Labs, Inc., in 2002 and acquired by Amazon.com, Inc., in 2005. The company's mission is to profitably connect its members to a worldwide audience through multiple channels, including Amazon.com. CreateSpace provides inventory-free, physical distribution of Books, CDs and DVDs on Demand, and video downloads via Amazon Unbox.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as books, movies, music & games, digital downloads, electronics & computers, home & garden, toys, kids & baby, grocery, apparel, shoes & jewelry, health & beauty, sports & outdoors, and tools, auto & industrial.

Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS), and Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and the Joyo Amazon websites at www.joyo.cn and www.amazon.cn.

As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, and subsequent filings.

SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.

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