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<< Back Offers Customers a Sneak Peek At John Grisham's Anticipated New Legal Thriller, the Summons
SEATTLE, Jan 23, 2002 --

All Customers Who Order The Summons Prior to Its February 5 Release Receive a Free, Instant Digital Download of the Book's First Two Chapters

Starting today, (Nasdaq:AMZN) is making the first two chapters of John Grisham's highly anticipated new novel, The Summons, available as a free, instant digital download to all customers who order the book before its Feb. 5 national on-sale date.

Customers who pre-order The Summons at (, including those who have already pre-ordered their copy, can access the chapters within minutes and begin reading the book that marks Grisham's heralded return to legal thrillers.

Grisham fans can go directly to to pre-order the book and quickly and easily download the first two chapters. The Summons download is in Adobe portable document format (PDF) and can be read on and printed from any computer or PDA.

Though not scheduled for release until Feb. 5, The Summons is already topping's sales charts. The book has been among's 10 top-selling titles since November based solely on pre-orders.

"John Grisham is a perennial customer favorite, and we're thrilled to be offering customers an early look at his new legal thriller," said Steve Kessel, general manager of's Books, Music, Video and DVD business. "We've had tremendous success offering advance digital downloads for new CD releases, and extending that experience to books is a huge win for both customers and publishers." has recently offered free streaming music content to customers who have placed pre-orders for new releases from such artists as Jewel, Elton John, Alanis Morissette and others.

Customers looking to build their digital library can access's e-Books & Documents Store through's bookstore ( or by going directly to To learn more about's free music downloads, visit or

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