|Amazon.com Launches Election 2000 Store; Bush Leads Gore 79% to 21% in Book Sales; Complete Selection of Important and Fun Political Merchandise|
SEATTLE--July 31, 2000--Leading online retailer Amazon.com (www.amazon.com) today launched its new Election 2000 Store within the Amazon.com bookstore, which features a wide range of election year merchandise to inform and entertain voters of all parties.
In addition to its leading online selection of political products, Amazon.com's Election 2000 Store features the Bush/Gore index, a weekly updated graph comparing the past four weeks' sales of books related to Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush. As the Election 2000 Store launches, Bush-related books have a strong lead, with 79 percent of all sales compared to only 21 percent for Gore-related books. Amazon.com's book editors selected the top five books about each nominee for the index, including biographies and political analysis.
Besides leading political books, the store, at www.amazon.com/election2000, includes a recommended reading list from political pundit James Carville; audiobooks featuring well-known political speeches and memoirs; DVDs and videos, including both documentaries and politically oriented motion pictures; toys and games featuring presidential candidates and political themes; and Purchase Circles information showcasing what's being read on Capitol Hill.
"As the nation marks the start of the Republican National Convention today and looks toward the Democratic National Convention, Amazon.com can help people of all political stripes find, discover and buy anything they want about the 2000 election in one easy-to-use online location," said Lyn Blake, general manager of Amazon.com Books.
Books in the George W. Bush index include:
-- A Charge to Keep by George W. Bush, Karen Hughes
-- Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush by
Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
-- First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty by Bill
-- W: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty by Elizabeth Mitchell
-- Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American
President by J.H. Hatfield, et al.
The Al Gore index comprises the following:
-- Gore: A Political Life by Bob Zelnick
-- Inventing Al Gore: A Biography by Bill Turque
-- The Prince of Tennessee: The Rise of Al Gore by David
Maraniss, Ellen Nakashima
-- The World According to Al Gore: An A-to-Z Compilation of His
Opinions, Positions, and Public Statements by Joseph Kaufman
-- Prince Albert: The Life and Lies of Al Gore by David N.
Bossie, Floyd G. Brown
Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 DVD and video, and No. 1 book retailer. Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Amazon.com lists more than 18 million unique items in categories including books, CDs, toys, electronics, videos, DVDs, tools and hardware, lawn and patio items, kitchen products, software, and video games. Through Amazon.com zShops, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.com's more than 23 million customers, and with Amazon.com Payments, sellers can accept credit card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments. The company also participates in sothebys.amazon.com, the leading auction site for guaranteed art, jewelry and collectibles, at www.sothebys.amazon.com.
Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.de. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 220,000 movies and entertainment programs and 800,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to 2003.
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