SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2005--Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN)
today announced two innovative programs to benefit readers, authors
and publishers. Building on its successful Search Inside the Book
technology, which allows customers to search the complete interior
text of hundreds of thousands of books, the company is currently
developing two new programs that will enable customers to purchase
online access to any page, section, or chapter of a book, as well as
the book in its entirety.
The first program, Amazon Pages, will "un-bundle" the
physical-world experience of buying and reading a book so that
customers can simply and inexpensively purchase and read online just
the pages they need. For example, an entrepreneur interested in
marketing his or her business could purchase the relevant chapters
from several best-selling business books.
The second program, Amazon Upgrade, will allow customers to
"upgrade" their purchase of a physical book on Amazon.com to include
complete online access. For example, a software developer who buys a
Java programming book will not only get the physical book delivered to
his or her home, but will also get 24x7 Web access to the complete
interior text of the book. Buy a cookbook and you will not only have
it on your shelf, but also be able to access it anywhere via the Web.
"Amazon Pages and Amazon Upgrade leverage Amazon's existing Search
Inside the Book technology to give customers unusual flexibility in
how they buy and read books," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO,
Amazon.com. "In collaboration with our publishing partners, we're
working hard to make the world's books instantly accessible anytime
"It is important for the publishing community to explore new
business models for digital delivery that compensate publishers and
authors fairly. We look forward to working together with Amazon as
they develop these innovative new programs to expand the market for
digital content," said John Sargent, CEO, Holtzbrinck Publishers.
Amazon launched Search Inside the Book two years ago, for the
first time allowing customers to find and discover books by searching
the text inside them. The program has grown substantially since then,
and today, one out of two books sold in the U.S. by Amazon.com are in
Amazon's Search Inside the Book program. Based on the success of the
progam in the U.S., Amazon has recently launched Search Inside the
Book in the U.K., Germany, France, Canada and Japan.
Publishers interested in participating in Amazon Pages or Amazon
Upgrade can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened
on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest
Selection. Amazon.com seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric
company, where customers can find and discover anything they might
want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest
possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique
new, refurbished and used items in categories such as beauty, health
and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and
outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and
office, toys and baby, and home and garden.
Amazon.com and its affiliates operate seven retail Web sites:
www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.fr,
www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.
As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms
include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context
Forward Looking Statement
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, management of growth, potential
fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes
of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization,
seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions, and strategic
transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, consumer
trends, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation
and taxation, fraud, and new business areas. More information about
factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results
is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year
ended December 31, 2004, and all subsequent filings.
CONTACT: Amazon.com Public Relations