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New Grisham Novel The Street Lawyer is Biggest Pre-Order of All Time

SEATTLE, WA (February 4, 1998)-- To celebrate the highly anticipated release of John Grisham's powerful new legal thriller, The Street Lawyer, the leading online bookseller, (Nasdaq: AMZN), will give away a full year of tuition to law school or the cash equivalent of $25,000. The new Grisham novel has made history at Earth's Biggest Bookstore. It is now's most popular preordered title of all time. In addition, will offer the book at a 40 percent discount through 9:00 p.m. PST Thursday, February 5.

The Street Lawyer Contest coincides with the book's North American release and launches on's Web site ( on Wednesday, February 4. Visitors to the contest site can enter to win a year's tuition at law school or the cash equivalent of $25,000. The contest will run through 6:00 p.m. PST Monday, March 16. One winner will be contacted via e-mail by Wednesday, April 8.

Signing up months in advance, customers preordered the new Grisham blockbuster for shipment immediately upon the book's publication date. The Street Lawyer has been a bestseller for six weeks on's "Tomorrow's Bestsellers" list, which tracks the top 25 not-yet-published books pre-purchased by customers, and has been the number one bestseller on the same list for the past two weeks.

"The pre-release purchasing from of Grisham's latest novel perfectly illustrates one of the key advantages of online book buying," said Jeff Bezos founder and CEO. "Our customers value the convenience and ease with which they can have a book shipped to them on the same day of publication without having to leave their computer." is also featuring the first chapter of The Street Lawyer on their Web site and offers all of Grisham's previous novels at everyday low prices, they include: The Partner, Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and A Time to Kill. Inc., Earth's Biggest Bookstore, is the leading online retailer of books and is the premier bookseller on, Yahoo!, Netscape, Excite, the AltaVista Search Service, the @Home Network, and the Prodigy Shopping Network. offers a catalog of 2.5 million titles, easy-to-use search and browse features, e-mail services, personalized shopping services, secure Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers. has virtually unlimited online shelf space and offers customers a vast selection through an efficient search-and-retrieval interface, as well as streamlined ordering through 1-ClickSM technology. is headquartered at 1516 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Internet address: Telephone: (206) 622-2335.

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