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<< Back Offers the Fifth Harry Potter Book for Immediate Pre-order

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Available for 30% off Moves to No. 1 on Foreign Books Ranking 

January 20, 2003 -- (, the leading online retail site providing millions of books, CDs, DVDs, videos, software and games, began accepting pre-orders on Friday, January 17 for the English version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The eagerly awaited fifth installment of the Harry Potter series will be released on June 21, 2003. The book has already jumped to number one in's Foreign Books Ranking just hours after pre-order started. Customers who pre-order this title at will benefit from a 30% discount from the list price and can take advantage of free delivery to anywhere in Japan.

Customers who visit can also check out the site's “Harry Potter store,” which is filled with best-selling Harry Potter–related books, CDs and DVDs and even features an interview with the author, J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter has proven to be very popular with consumers -- the Japanese-language version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the series, set a record for by selling over 30,000 copies in just two weeks.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to pre-order Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” said Jasper Cheung, president of Amazon Japan K.K. “With 30% savings, and free shipping availability, it's easier than ever for customers to get exactly what they want and to save money when shopping at” provides English language functions, Shop in English (, which makes shopping easier for foreign users who find it difficult to shop in Japanese. offers free delivery to anywhere in Japan for purchases of JPY 1,500 and also cash on delivery payment options.

About opened its virtual doors in November 2000, and strives to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. today offers millions of Japanese and foreign language titles, videos, DVDs, software titles, PC & video games. Through Amazon Anywhere™, Amazon's leading mobile commerce platform, is also accessible via i-mode and EZweb wireless devices at customers enjoy the benefits of industry-leading, online shopping technology such as secure credit-card payment; COD payment; personalised recommendations; streamlined, 1-Click® ordering. is one of five internationally focused websites operated by, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, Washington, USA; the others are the French-language site, the German-language site, and

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 potential future losses, significant amount of indebtedness, competition, strategic alliances and business combinations, seasonality, potential fluctuations in operating results and rate of growth, foreign-currency exchange rates, management of potential growth, system interruption, international expansion, consumer trends, fulfillment center optimization, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud and Payments, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect's financial results is included in's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001, and all subsequent filings. 

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