|Amazon.com Offers Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for Immediate Pre-Order in Both DVD and VHS Formats|
SEATTLE--Feb. 14, 2003--Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced that, effective immediately, customers can place their orders for the DVD or VHS version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film installment in the acclaimed Harry Potter series, to ensure they receive their copies when the movie becomes available this April. Amazon.com is offering pre-orders of both the DVD and VHS formats at 40 percent off the list price.
Amazon.com received more than 100,000 pre-orders for the first Harry Potter DVD, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, making it the biggest DVD pre-order in Amazon.com's history. The title hit No. 1 on Amazon.com's DVD bestseller list within an hour of becoming available for pre-order in February 2002, it held the No. 1 spot for 16 consecutive weeks, and it was one of Amazon.com's bestselling DVDs for the year. The VHS version was also a customer favorite. It captured the No. 1 spot on the site's Video bestseller list for 21 consecutive weeks after becoming available for pre-order in February 2002, and was Amazon.com's top-selling video for 2002.
"This is an exciting time for Harry Potter fans, and we're thrilled to offer them a simple and convenient way to pre-order Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on DVD or VHS, as well as the much-anticipated fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, today, all at 40 percent off the list price," said Steve Kessel, vice president of Amazon.com's Books, Music, Video and DVD business.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) is already an Amazon.com chartbuster. The book jumped to the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com's Books bestseller list within just two hours of becoming available for pre-order on January 15, 2003, and has remained there for three consecutive weeks.
Amazon.com's dedicated Harry Potter store (www.amazon.com/harrypotter) is a one-stop destination for all the latest Harry Potter news, information and merchandise. In addition to pre-ordering Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), visitors to the store can browse Harry Potter-related products from across Amazon.com's online stores, including those operated with Toysrus.com and Target.com.
Amazon.com, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. 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 at a great price. Amazon.com and sellers list millions of unique new and used items in categories such as apparel and accessories, electronics, computers, kitchenware and housewares, books, music, DVDs, videos, cameras and photo items, toys, baby items and baby registry, software, computer and video games, cell phones and service, tools and hardware, travel services, magazine subscriptions and outdoor living items.
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