Jan. 9, 1997-- Amazon.com, the earth's biggest bookstore and the leading online bookseller, today announced its 100 best-selling books for 1996.

Reflecting the increasing mainstream popularity of the World Wide Web, Amazon.com's top 100 includes a broad range of titles, from national bestsellers to lesser known special interest books. -0-

The top 10 are listed below:

1. Creating Killer Web Sites: The Art of Third-Generation Site Design; David Siegel

2. Executive Orders; Tom Clancy

3. The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions; Scott Adams

4. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk; Peter L. Bernstein

5. The English Patient; Michael Ondaatje

6. Idoru; William Gibson

7. Airframe; Michael Crichton

8. Creating Great Web Graphics; Laurie McCanna

9. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet; Matthew Lyon, Katie Hafner

10. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information; Edward R. Tufte The entire list of Amazon.com's 100 bestsellers of 1996 can be viewed at http://www. amazon.com/ exec/obidos/bestsellers/1996 -0-

"Our 1996 Top 100 reflects our growing customer base and the variety of their interests; it's exciting to see customers taking advantage of our broad selection," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "There's great diversity in our top 10 alone, which includes Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, a blend of biography, history and science; and The English Patient, a literary fiction bestseller."

Amazon.com offers customers many ways to find books of interest to them: they can search the vast database, browse book reviews and features, and read interviews with authors. In addition, customers can post their own book reviews and ratings in the store.

" Amazon.com's customer reviews are incredible -- people all over the Web helped us sell Creating Killer Web Sites," said David Siegel, Amazon.com's number one selling author for 1996. "I was excited to see such a diverse group buying the book instead of just a few thousand web designers."

Founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, Amazon.com Inc. is headquartered in Seattle and is privately held. Amazon.com Books is the leading bookstore on the Web, with the world's largest selection of books. The Internet-only bookstore offers a catalog of 1.1 million titles, easy-to-search and browse features, email services, Web-based credit card payment and direct shipping to customers.

Amazon.com's name pays homage to the Amazon River. Just as the Amazon River is more than six times the size of the next largest river in the world, Amazon.com's catalog is more than six times the size of the largest conventional bookstore.