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Amazon.com and Francis Ford Coppola Team Up to Celebrate Short-Story Writers

Amazon.com Creates Exclusive Zoetrope: All-Story Feature

SEATTLE, February 18 /PRNewswire/--Celebrating the art of short fiction with its customers, leading online retailer Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) has created an exclusive new area in its bookstore to feature filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola's literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. The new Zoetrope feature will present a selection of works from some of today's best short-story writers.

Coppola founded Zoetrope: All-Story as a quarterly publication in 1997. The magazine is dedicated to promoting excellence in short fiction. It features finely crafted short stories, one-act plays, and essays penned by both new and accomplished writers such as Amy Bloom, Edna O'Brien, Jim Harrison, Tom Paine, George Clark, Sara Powers, and Melissa Bank.

Amazon.com will be the exclusive online bookseller to present highlights, excerpts, interviews, and a story from each issue. The Amazon.com Zoetrope feature offers a link to the Zoetrope: All-Story Web site, a table of contents and contributors, and information for authors detailing how to submit their work to the magazine.

Customers will be able to find the feature easily, from placements on the Arts, Literature, and Fiction pages and other site promotions, or by going directly to www.amazon.com/zoetrope.

"Zoetrope: All-Story is a vital publication that strives to find and feature the best short-story writers," said Coppola "We are delighted to be working with Amazon.com to support the art we love and bring it to millions of its visitors."

"At Amazon.com we celebrate great literature, and we love helping our customers discover great works," said Rick Ayre, Amazon.com vice president and executive editor. "Zoetrope is a magazine driven by the same passion and brings a unique collection of exceptional writing to its readers. We are excited to offer content from the publication to our customers and to help expand the audience for the talented writers the magazine promotes."

Amazon.com will also sell single issues of the magazine and provide a link to subscription information. In addition, visitors to the feature can subscribe to e-mail updates previewing the contents of coming issues.

The February 1999 issue, available today, will mark the magazine's second anniversary with essays by David Mamet and T.C. Boyle on fiction and film and a letter from Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy. The issue will also include seven short stories, transporting the reader to a zoo in the Bronx, the famed Domino Park in Miami, a drug robbery at a remote country hospice in the north, and a lovers' beach in precommunist Cuba. Authors include Josh Pryor, Steven Almond, and Ana Menendez.

About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music and No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995. Today, the Amazon.com store has expanded to offer more than 4.7 million book, music CD, video, DVD, computer-game, and other titles, plus secure credit-card payment, personalized recommendations, and streamlined ordering through 1-Click(SM) technology.

Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, competition, risks associated with system development and operation, management of potential growth, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances. 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, 1997, as amended by the Form 8-K filed September 11, 1998, and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 1998, June 30, 1998, and September 30, 1998.

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