Amazon Announces Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

  Amazon Announces Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

   One Grand Prize winner will be chosen by Amazon customers and receive a
      publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $50,000 advance

Finalists will be chosen in five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller,
 romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—and receive
                 publishing contracts with Amazon Publishing

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- December 04, 2012

(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com today begins an exciting new chapter in the annual
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), the contest in search of the next
great voices in popular fiction. Starting January 14, authors can enter the
contest in one of five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance,
science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—for the chance to win
a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. A finalist will be chosen in
each category, and a Grand Prize winner will then be selected by Amazon
customers and receive a $50,000 advance. The remaining finalists will also
receive a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $15,000 advance.

This year’s ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published
English-language novels, which can be submitted from January 14, 2013 through
January 27, 2013. The five finalists will be announced on May 21, and the
Grand Prize winner will be announced during a special ceremony at Amazon
headquarters in Seattle in June.

“Over the past five years, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has helped
thousands of authors realize their dream of writing a novel, while connecting
them with their peers as well as readers and giving them the opportunity to be
discovered,” said Nader Kabbani, Vice President of CreateSpace and Kindle
Direct Publishing. “We’re excited to evolve the contest this year to recognize
talented aspiring authors in even more genres, with bigger advances, more
winners, and quickly bring the winning novels to readers around the world.”

Up to 10,000 eligible entries will be accepted for the ABNA contest this year.
The top 400 entries from each category will advance to the second round.
Amazon reviewers will then read excerpts of the entries and narrow the pool to
100 titles in each category. In the subsequent round, reviewers from
Publishers Weekly will read, review and rate the full manuscripts to find the
top five semi-finalists for each category. Amazon Publishing editors will then
choose a finalist in each of the five categories. In the final stage of the
contest, Amazon.com customers will vote for a Grand Prize winner.

“At Amazon Publishing we love introducing readers to outstanding books,” said
Daphne Durham, Editor-in-Chief, Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to be a
part of ABNA this year, and look forward to the chance to build these books
into best sellers.”

CreateSpace, an Amazon company, will again this year host the contest entry
platform, which includes a community for authors that will keep them
up-to-date on the contest and help them prepare their entries.

Amazon Publishingis the publishing arm ofAmazon.com.
AmazonPublishing’sWest Coast Groupincludes imprints AmazonEncore,
AmazonCrossing, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer and 47North. Amazon
Publishing’sEast Coast Grouppublishes adult trade, children’s and young
adult titles. For more information about all imprints ofAmazon Publishing,
visit www.amazon.com/amazonpublishing.Amazon Publishingis a brand used
byAmazon Content Services, LLC.

For the complete Official Rules for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
and more information about the contest, please visitwww.amazon.com/abna.

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;
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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. Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever constructed
with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front
light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long battery life, and a
thin and light design. The new latest generation Kindle, the lightest and
smallest Kindle, now features new, improved fonts and faster page turns.
Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom high-definition display, exclusive
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dual-band support, dual-antennas and MIMO for faster streaming and downloads,
enough storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor and
graphics engine—and it is available in two display sizes—7” and 8.9”. The
large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless, and comes with
a groundbreaking $49.99 introductory 4G LTE data package. The all-new Kindle
Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster performance, twice the
memory, and longer battery life.

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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.

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