|Amazon.com to Donate Profits from Christopher Reeve's Still Me to the Christopher Reeve Foundation|
Earth's Biggest Bookstore Raises Awareness and Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Research
SEATTLE, WA (April 27, 1998)--To celebrate the release of Christopher Reeve's courageous life story, Still Me, leading online bookseller Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) announced today that it will donate the profits from the book's first two weeks of sales to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Through the donation, Earth's Biggest Bookstore is hoping to raise awareness and funding to help find a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis.
In Still Me, Reeve describes with dignity and sensitivity, the journey he has made--physically, emotionally, and spiritually-- since his devastating horse riding accident. He explores his complex relationship with his parents, his efforts to remain a devoted husband and father, and his brave battle to rebuild his life.
Still Me will be available for sale on the Amazon.com Web site (www.amazon.com) starting April 28. Visitors to Amazon.com will also be able to read the first chapter of the book. Additionally, Amazon.com will feature an in-depth interview with Christopher Reeve on the Web site on May 2.
"We are all very happy here at the foundation that Amazon.com is going to donate profits from sales of the book," said Christopher Reeve. "Amazon.com is a great example of the way a for-profit organization can do the right thing in the course of business."
"As a leading online retailer, we recognize the power of the Internet to vastly improve the lives of people with disabilities," said David Risher, Amazon.com's Senior Vice President of Product Development. "Christopher Reeve is an American hero, and we are proud to support his efforts."
About Christopher Reeve Foundation
The Christopher Reeve Foundation exists only through the absolute confidence that a cure is possible for those whose lives have been affected as a result of spinal cord injury. This confidence is personified by Mr. Reeve and his heroic efforts to overcome his own injury. The Christopher Reeve Foundation's mission is: To raise funds for research leading to effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis. To provide grants to local agencies which focus on the quality of life for the disabled. To serve as a source of information and advocacy for disabled persons. Until recently, there wasn't much hope for a paralysis cure. But today, thanks in large measure to the American Paralysis Association, there is a reason to hope. For 13 years, APA has been dedicated exclusively to funding research worldwide to find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Christopher Reeve Foundation serves as the fundraising arm of the American Paralysis Association. The two organizations are united by one goal: to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
Christopher Reeve Foundation: P.O. Box 277, F.D.R. Station, New York, NY 10150-0277, phone: (888) 771-HOPE, fax: (973) 912-9433.
About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com Inc., Earth's Biggest Bookstore, is the largest online retailer of books. Amazon.com offers a catalog of more than 3 million book, music and other titles, plus easy-to-use search and browse features, e-mail services, personalized shopping services, secure Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers. Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com pioneered the concept of syndicated selling on the Internet and has more than 40,000 members in its Associates Program including AOL.com, Yahoo!, Netscape, Excite, the AltaVista Search Service, the @Home Network, the Prodigy Shopping Network, and iVillage.
Amazon.com is headquartered at 1516 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Internet address: http://www.amazon.com. Telephone: (206) 622-2335.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, the unpredictability of its future revenues, and risks associated with capacity constraints, management of growth, and new business opportunities. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in the company's final prospectus, dated May 15, 1997, as well as the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1997, both filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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