Amazon to Acquire The Book Depository

By Inc., PRNE
Sunday, July 3, 2011

LUXEMBOURG, July 4, 2011 -, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has
reached an agreement to acquire The Book Depository International.
The Book Depository is an online bookseller offering over six
million books for delivery worldwide.

“Customers in more than 100 countries enjoy The Book
Depository’s vast selection, convenient delivery and free
shipping,” said Greg Greeley, Amazon’s Vice President of European
Retail. “The Book Depository is very focused on serving its
customers around the world, and we look forward to welcoming them
to the Amazon family.”

“With the support of Amazon, we look forward to continuing our
growth and providing an ever-improving service for readers
globally,” said Andrew Crawford, Founder, The Book Depository.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions,
including regulatory approvals.

About, 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., 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. 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. Kindle, Kindle 3G,
Kindle with Special Offers, Kindle 3G with Special Offers and
Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly
download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents
to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and
reads like real paper. Kindle 3G, Kindle 3G with Special Offers and
Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell
phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is
the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on

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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’s financial
results is included in’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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