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    SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2004--

          Author Nicholas Sparks Discusses Film in Exclusive
                      Essay for Amazon Customers LLC, an company (Nasdaq:AMZN), today announced that, 10 days before its nationwide theatrical release, visitors can now view an exclusive full-length scene from the New Line film "The Notebook," which is based on Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel of the same name. The scene is illuminated by an original essay penned by Sparks exclusively for Amazon customers. No purchase is required to view the film scene or read the essay, both of which can be easily accessed at

"The Notebook" opens in theaters nationwide on June 25, and was adapted from Sparks' first novel, published in 1996. In his essay for Amazon customers, Sparks discusses the process of having his work adapted for film, explains why he selected this particular scene for Amazon customers, and shares the significance of the scene to "The Notebook" storyline as well as his other novels.

"New Line Cinema did an artful job of adapting 'The Notebook' for film, which is always a great complement for an author," said Nicholas Sparks, bestselling author of the "The Notebook." "With millions of customers worldwide who are passionate about books and film, Amazon offers a unique opportunity to share one of my favorite scenes from the film with lovers of the novel and discuss the relationship between the two mediums."

"Nicholas Sparks is continually one of our customers' favorite authors, and Amazon is thrilled to share this exclusive opportunity with his fans," said Brad Parsons, senior book editor for Amazon. "Rarely do readers have such intimate access to the challenges of adapting a book into a film. Sparks' insight and candor in setting up the exclusive film clip is refreshing."

A New Line Cinema film, "The Notebook" cast includes James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, and Sam Shepard. The exclusive clip viewable on Amazon features Shepard and Gosling, whose characters are father and son, in a touching scene that provides viewers with significant insight into both characters.

"We are thrilled to work with Amazon on this project and believe it is the perfect venue to showcase 'The Notebook,' as well as offer this unique look at what Nicholas Sparks has to say about his book coming to the big screen," said Holly Westhoff, executive director of retail marketing for New Line Cinema.

Published in 1996, "The Notebook" is set in coastal North Carolina in 1946. The book tells the heartrending story of Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson, who fall in love one summer as teenagers and do not meet again for 14 years, at which time they realize their passion for each other has not waned despite the different path their lives have taken. Sparks based the novel on the lives of his wife's grandparents.

To read the essay and view the exclusive full-length scene, as well as explore other novels by Nicholas Sparks, go to or visit Amazon's Books store (

About New Line Cinema Corporation

New Line Cinema is the oldest and most successful independent film company in the world. In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, licensing, merchandising and international marketing and distribution. New Line is a pioneer in franchise filmmaking, and its Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the most successful film franchise in history. Together with its subsidiary, Fine Line Features, New Line is a unit of Time Warner.

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