SEATTLE, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced
it has purchased J.K. Rowling's "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" at an auction
held by Sotheby's in London. The book of five wizarding fairy tales,
referenced in the last book of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows," is one of only seven handmade copies in existence. The book
was purchased for (pnds stlg)1,950,000, and Ms. Rowling is donating the
proceeds to The Children's Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help
improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.
"Even before establishing her charity, J.K. Rowling had done the world a
rare and immeasurably valuable service - enlarging forever our concept of the
way books can touch people - and in particular children - in modern times,"
said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "When we deliver Harry Potter,
kids are camped out at the post box, and the drivers get hugs."
"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is handwritten, extensively illustrated,
and autographed by the author. It is written in an Italian handmade notebook,
bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five individually
hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. It is
157 pages long. One of the five original stories included in the book, "The
Tale of the Three Brothers," is told in the final Harry Potter novel, "Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows." This copy of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"
purchased today is one of only seven copies handwritten and illustrated by the
author. The six other copies have been given to friends of Ms. Rowling in
appreciation of the support they provided her throughout the writing of the
Harry Potter series.
Amazon customers in Canada are invited to visit
http://www.amazon.ca/beedlebard to read editorial reviews of the five fairy
tales. To join the online discussion about the book and other Harry Potter
stories with fans of the bestselling series visit
http://www.amazon.com/beedlebard. For the curious of mind, Amazon editors will
be taking questions about the tales from all comers on our discussion boards,
starting immediately. Customers will also find a link to The Children's Voice
website, where donations to this charity can be made. To date, Amazon has sold
more than 12 million copies of the seven Harry Potter titles worldwide.
Amazon.ca (www.amazon.ca) is part of the global family of Amazon websites
that have become known for great prices, selection and convenience. Amazon.ca
customers can find and discover millions of English and French books, CDs,
videos and DVDs, as well as a vast array of software, video games and consoles
- all at everyday low prices. Amazon.ca also offers FREE Super Saver
Shipping, available on orders of $39 or more delivered to a single Canadian
address. Amazon.ca sources products directly from Canadian publishers and
distributors, ensuring a rich offering of Canadian titles and content.
Features such as original editorial reviews in English and French and product
recommendations help Amazon.ca customers find the right products for them
among the site's broad selection. Through Amazon Marketplace, Amazon.ca
customers can conveniently buy and sell used, new and collectible merchandise
on the same pages where Amazon.ca sells those items new.
To ensure all orders are delivered to customers quickly and efficiently,
Amazon.ca works with Canada Post, one of the world's most progressive postal
companies. Orders placed at Amazon.ca are fulfilled and shipped from within
Canada by Assured Logistics, a part of the Canada Post Group of Companies.
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, significant amount of 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2006, and all subsequent filings.
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