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Amazon.com and Penguin Group (USA) Now Accepting Submissions for Second Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition through Feb. 8

SEATTLE, NEW YORK – Feb. 2, 2009 – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Penguin Group (USA) (NYSE: PSO) and CreateSpace are accepting submissions for the second annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition at www.amazon.com/abna from today through midnight EST on Feb. 8, 2009. The competition aims to find the next popular novel, with the winner to receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group (USA), which includes a $25,000 advance. Entries will be accepted until Feb. 8, or until 10,000 entries have been received, whichever comes first. Once the submission window has closed, the entries will be evaluated and the selection process will begin. Key dates for the competition are as follows:

  • Feb. 8 - Submission period ends
  • March 16 - 500 quarterfinalists announced, selected by Amazon expert reviewers
  • April 15 - 100 semifinalists announced, selected based on Publishers Weekly reviews
  • May 15 - Three finalists selected by Penguin Group (USA) editors announced; Amazon.com customers begin to cast their votes for the Grand Prize Winner
  • May 15-21 - Critiques of the top three manuscripts posted by panel of publishing industry professionals, including bestselling authors Sue Grafton and Sue Monk Kidd, literary agent Barney Karpfinger and Penguin Press Editor-in-Chief Eamon Dolan
  • May 22 - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner – chosen by Amazon.com customers – announced

Authors can enter the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition and find contest details by visiting www.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, 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. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS), Amazon Mechanical Turk and Amazon CloudFront.

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 and www.amazon.cn. As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

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, indebtedness, 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.

About Penguin Group (USA)

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

About CreateSpace

CreateSpace is a business of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN). A leader in manufacture on demand services for independent creative content owners, CreateSpace was originally founded as CustomFlix Labs, Inc. in 2002 and acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. in 2005. The company's mission is to connect its members to a worldwide audience through multiple channels, including Amazon.com. CreateSpace provides inventory-free, physical distribution of Books, CDs and DVDs on Demand, video downloads via Amazon Video On Demand and music downloads via Amazon MP3.

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Media Contacts:

Amazon Media Hotline
206-266-7180

Penguin Group (USA)
Marilyn Ducksworth / Stephanie Sorensen
212-366-2564 / 212-366-2576
marilyn.ducksworth@us.penguingroup.com / stephanie.sorensen@us.penguingroup.com

CreateSpace
Amanda Wilson
843-789-5163
pr@createspace.com