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Amazon’s Askville.Com Hosts Virtual Town Square With Bestselling Authors to Discuss Diet and Nutrition

March 10, 2008

As part of National Nutrition Month, Askville.com, an Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) website, today announced it will be hosting a Virtual Town Square panel where users can ask questions and get answers from a group of distinguished authors who have written bestselling books on dieting and nutrition. Askville.com users can submit any question about dieting and nutrition to the panel of authors until midnight, March 23, and also vote on their favorite questions submitted by the community. The panel of authors will submit answers to select questions, with each of their answers revealed on March 31.

The panel of authors includes Matt Goulding, food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health magazine and co-author of Eat This Not That: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds-or More!; Jim Karas, author of The Cardio-Free Diet; T. Colin Campbell, PhD, author of The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health; and Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman, authors of Skinny Bitch.

“Getting advice on diet and nutrition from a distinguished panel of experts is a great way of using Askville to help get answers to difficult questions,” said Joseph Park, Director of Askville.com. “The Virtual Town Square on Askville will also allow our community to come together and share their experiences on diet and nutrition while getting qualified answers from our expert panel.”

“Nutrition and healthy eating is such an important part of everyone’s lives,” said Park. “We believe Askville.com is a great resource for people to ask tough, personal questions and get practical and useful advice from either our expert panel of authors or from our community. We are excited to assemble such a distinguished group of experts who can give Amazon and Askville users great advice on how to live and eat healthier each and every day.”

Askville.com is now available to any Amazon customer around the world who has made a purchase at an Amazon site. Users who are not Amazon customers may gain access to Askville.com by authenticating themselves via mobile phone in most countries.

About Askville.com

Askville.com is a community-driven, knowledge-based marketplace where online users can ask and answer questions, share their knowledge, and meet others with similar interests. Askville.com launched in December 2006 and is currently in beta-testing. Askville is an Amazon.com website. Amazon operates the website www.askville.com.

About Amazon.com

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. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS), and Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and the Joyo Amazon websites at www.joyo.cn and www.amazon.cn.

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Forward-Looking Statements

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