SEATTLE, Oct 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that James Patterson has become the second author to sell over 1 million Kindle books and is now a member of the "Kindle Million Club." As of yesterday, James Patterson has sold 1,005,803 Kindle books. The Kindle Million Club recognizes authors whose books have sold over 1 million copies in the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore), and refers to paid Kindle book sales. Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium Trilogy, was the first author to hit the 1 million mark.
"Amazon customers have been James Patterson fans far longer than 'Kindle' was a word in our vernacular," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "We're excited that his readers have embraced his many books on the Kindle platform, and we look forward to celebrating the 2 million mark in the future."
Patterson is the author of more than 65 books that span the genres of suspense, fantasy, romance, historical fiction and children's. His many books include the popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Maximum Ride series. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year award, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. One of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100, Patterson's titles have been adapted into both feature film ("Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls," starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman) and a television series (ABC's "Women's Murder Club" starring Angie Harmon).
Kindle offers the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 725,000 books, including New Releases and 108 of 111 New York TimesBest Sellers. Over 590,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 80 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle. Kindle lets you buy your books once and read them everywhere--on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. Amazon's Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.
Kindle is the #1 bestselling item on Amazon.com for two years running. It's also the most-wished-for, most-gifted and has the most 5-star reviews of any product on Amazon.com. Kindle can be ordered at www.amazon.com/kindle.
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. Kindle, Kindle 3G 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 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 Amazon.
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