Earth's Biggest Bookstore Expands Capacity and Speed of Delivery Time to Customers with Second State-of-the-Art Distribution Center in New Castle, Delaware

NEW CASTLE, DE and SEATTLE, WA (November 18, 1997)-- Online bookseller (Nasdaq: AMZN) today officially opened its second distribution center--in New Castle, Delaware--in a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated at by Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and Delaware Governor Thomas Carper. The 200,000-square-foot state-of-the-art distribution center, the length of three football fields, together with the expansion of its Seattle distribution center, increases the company's stocking and shipping capacities to nearly six times their previous levels.

The new Delaware distribution center positions closer to its East Coast customers and provides immediate reductions in shipping times for many book buyers. The distribution center also brings the company closer to East Coast publishers, who benefit from faster shipping and receiving service.

"Now with distribution centers on both coasts, we can dramatically reduce order-to-mailbox time for customers everywhere," Bezos said. Inc., Earth's Biggest Bookstore, is the leading online retailer of books and is the premier bookseller on, Yahoo!, Netscape, Excite, the AltaVista Search Service, @Home Network, and the Prodigy Shopping Network. offers a catalog of 2.5 million titles, easy-to-use search and browse features, e-mail services, personalized shopping services, secure Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers. has virtually unlimited online shelf space and offers customers a vast selection through an efficient search-and-retrieval interface, as well as streamlined ordering through 1-ClickSM technology. is headquartered at 1516 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Internet address: Telephone (206) 622-2335.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from predicted results. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others,'s limited operating history, the unpredictability of its future revenues, and risks associated with capacity constraints and management of growth. More information about factors that potentially could affect's financial results is included in the company's final prospectus, dated May 15, 1997, as well as the company's Form 10Q for the third quarter ended September 30, 1997, both filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission., Earth's Biggest Bookstore, and 1-Click are service marks of Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.