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Amazon.com Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America



  Amazon.com Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America

 Alexandria, Va., Cambridge, Mass., and Berkeley, Calif., top Amazon’s second
                annual “Most Well-Read Cities in America” list

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- May 15, 2012

Kicking off the summer reading season, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)
announced its annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking
was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper
sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita
basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents. The Top 20 Most Well-Read
Cities are:

      1.    Alexandria, Va.       11.   Pittsburgh
                                         
      2.    Cambridge, Mass.      12.   Knoxville, Tenn.
                                         
      3.    Berkeley, Calif.      13.   Seattle
                                         
      4.    Ann Arbor, Mich.      14.   Orlando, Fla.
                                         
      5.    Boulder, Colo.        15.   Columbia, S.C.
                                         
      6.    Miami                 16.   Bellevue, Wash.
                                         
      7.    Arlington, Va.        17.   Cincinnati
                                         
      8.    Gainesville, Fla.     18.   St. Louis
                                         
      9.    Washington, D.C.      19.   Atlanta
                                         
      10.   Salt Lake City        20.   Richmond, Va.
                                         

In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon also found that:

  * Berkeley, Calif., is a city full of jet-setters – it topped the list by
    ordering the most Travel books.
  * Boulder, Colo., keeps the closest eye on its waistline by topping the list
    of cities that order the most books in the Health, Fitness & Dieting
    category.
  * Virginia is for lovers – Alexandria, Va., that is, which tops the charts
    in the Romance book category.
  * Cambridge, Mass., grows the most budding entrepreneurs. These locals
    topped the list for ordering the most books in the Business & Investing
    category.

“As the summer reading season gets into full swing, we're excited to reveal
our second annual Most Well-Read Cities list,” said Chris Schluep, Senior
Editor of Books, Amazon.com. “It’s great to see that we are truly a nation of
readers, with representation on this list from every region of the country.”

In addition to their annual Most Well-Read Cities list, Amazon has issued
their official summer reading suggestions. Customized lists for adults and
children can be found at:

  * Adults – www.amazon.com\summer-reading
  * Kids – www.amazon.com\summer-reading-kids

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), 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, Inc. 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 Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads;
Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel,
Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto &
Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with
access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of
business. The new latest generation Kindle is the lightest, most compact
Kindle ever and features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display
that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight. Kindle Touch is a new
addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it
easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes – still with all
the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch 3G is
the top of the line e-reader and offers the same new design and features of
Kindle Touch, with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle Fire
is the Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games and
web browsing with all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud,
Whispersync, Amazon Silk (Amazon’s new revolutionary cloud-accelerated web
browser), vibrant color touch screen, and powerful dual-core processor.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,
www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr,
www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn, www.amazon.it, and www.amazon.es. As used
herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc.,
and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 competition,
management of growth, new products, services and technologies, 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, inventory, government regulation and
taxation, payments and fraud. 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 most recent
Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

Contact:

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr
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