|World's Largest Published Book Available Online Exclusively at Amazon.com|
SEATTLE--Dec. 15, 2003--Leading online retailer Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced that it will be the exclusive online outlet for the world's largest published book, "Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom." Certified as the world's largest book by Guinness World Records(TM), the book opens to five by seven feet (about the size of a ping pong table), and weighs over 130 pounds.
Available online only at Amazon.com (www.amazon.com/bhutan), the enormous photographic book features more than a hundred pages of breathtaking portraits from one of the world's smallest countries. Amazon.com was selected by the book's creator, Michael Hawley of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and founder of Friendly Planet, the book's publisher, to be the exclusive place online where the book is available.
The "price" of the book is a $10,000 or greater contribution to Friendly Planet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The books are printed on-demand and personalized for each donor. FedEx is providing free shipping. Proceeds from the book may be tax-deductible and will be donated to schools and students in Bhutan as well as used to sustain Friendly Planet's ongoing educational work with schools in Bhutan, Cambodia, and in other countries. In addition to developing and designing the site to facilitate the promotion of the book, Amazon.com is waiving its commission related to the donations to Friendly Planet.
"We're honored to support such a worthwhile cause, and introduce this book to millions of Amazon.com customers worldwide," said Bill Carr, director of Books, Music, Videos and DVD at Amazon.com.
To learn more or to order "Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey across the Last Himalayan Kingdom," visit: www.amazon.com/bhutan.
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About Friendly Planet
Friendly Planet, a nonprofit company, helps children give to and learn from each other across great divides. For example, in rural Cambodia, it costs just $25,000 to build a whole school big enough for 500 kids. Helping to create schools like these, and giving young kids real reasons to be engaged, is part of Friendly Planet's mission.