Source: Amazon Press Release
Published: June 1996
Amazon Books in 1996
Circulated: October 24, 2019
At the time the following Press Release was issued, Amazon Books launches less than a year ago. Verbatim excerpts:
While computer-related books were early favorites, Web buyers are now increasingly likely to choose popular bestsellers, reflecting the diversity of people who are using the Web.
“Just as the Web is the ideal medium for people to find information on special interests or to meet others who share their interest, no matter how obscure, a Web-based bookstore is the ideal way to find books on a very specific topic,” notes Jeff Bezos.
The Internet-only bookstore offers a catalogue of 1.1 million titles.
Just as the Amazon River is more than eight times the size of the world’s next largest river, Amazon.com’s catalogue is more than eight times the size of the largest physical bookstore.