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SEATTLE—Oct. 3, 2000—To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated Beatles Anthology book on October 5, leading online retailer (Nasdaq: AMZN) today launched a dedicated Beatles store located at

With more than 23 million customers worldwide, has experienced firsthand the enduring popularity of the Fab Four. Consider these Beatles facts

  • Even though they haven't recorded together for 30 years, the Beatles are's fifth highest-selling musical artist overall. Their popularity spans all ages and musical tastes, and their sales record puts them ahead of other top-selling rock icons such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Sting.
  • Anticipation for the Beatles Anthology book has been strong, even prior to its publication. The book is currently ranked in the top 10 of's Hot 100 list.
  • The Beatles were named “Artist of the Millennium” in a fall 1999 customer poll. In the same poll, the band's 1967 release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, was named the top album of all time in's customer poll of the “100 Best Albums of the Millennium.” The Beatles earned three of the top five spots (for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and The White Album).
  • In a bit of transatlantic rivalry, the top-selling Beatles album on is Abbey Road, while the best-selling Beatles album on is Revolver.
  • has more than 1,000 Beatles items in its store, including 475 Beatles books, 156 Beatles CDs, 24 Beatles videos, nine Beatles DVDs, 13 Beatles toys and 771 Beatles auction items.
  • The quirkiest Beatles product on may be Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher the Beatles (a compilation CD featuring Mae West singing “Day Tripper,” Telly Savalas performing “Something” and William Shatner's legendary rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”).

“The Beatles' enormous popularity among music lovers of all ages is a testament to the band's lasting work and continued relevance,” said music editor-in-chief Keith Moerer. “We're proud to launch our dedicated Beatles store, giving lifelong fans the chance to remember favorite Beatles moments and younger fans a chance to dive deeper into the band's incredibly rich legacy.”'s Beatles store features:

· Reviews of the new Beatles Anthology book and the anticipated November 14 release of the 27-track companion CD, Beatles 1: The Beatles Project (No. 1 Hits)—both available for pre-order today · More than 1,000 Beatles products, including their complete collection of CDs, books, DVDs and videos · Interviews with Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and producer George Martin (the “fifth Beatle”) · Rare Beatles photos and auctions of Beatles memorabilia · An interactive discussion board where experts and customers share their most memorable Beatles moments

The Beatles Anthology, published by Chronicle Books, was written by surviving Beatles members McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Content from the late John Lennon was included by compiling interviews, comments and anecdotes from numerous sources. The 368-page hardcover book features more than 1,300 images, including photographs and personal memorabilia never before available to fans. The Beatles Anthology book can be pre-ordered in the Books store.

Beatles 1: The Beatles Project (No. 1 Hits) contains 27 songs arranged chronologically, from “Love Me Do” to “The Long and Winding Road.” The Capitol Records CD is available for pre-order in the Music store, where it has remained on's top sellers list for approximately six weeks prior to release.

For more information about the Beatles Store or to pre-order, visit:

About (, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 DVD and video, and No. 1 book retailer. (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. seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. lists more than 18 million unique items in categories including books, CDs, toys, electronics, videos, DVDs, tools and hardware, lawn and patio items and kitchen products, software, and video games. has three international sites—, and—that offer a complete line of British, German and French books, music CDs, DVDs and videos. Amazon Anywhere is the leader in mobile e-commerce, providing access from anywhere in the world to, and on personal digital assistants (PDAs) and through handheld wireless Internet devices that use HDML or the Wireless Application Protocol.

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