Oprah Winfrey Hosts October 2 Charity Auction at Amazon.com

Proceeds Benefit 'Oprah's Angel Network' as Part of Winfrey's Charge to Learn

Online Auctions From Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Sep 08, 1999, 01:00 ET from Amazon.com, Inc.

    SEATTLE, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Amazon.com (Nasdaq:   AMZN) announced today
 that Oprah Winfrey is turning to the leading e-commerce company to teach her
 the intricacies of online auctions.  On Saturday, October 2, 1999, Amazon.com
 founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will guide Winfrey through the complete Internet
 auction experience and will host a charity auction of her personal items on
 Amazon.com Auctions.  The lesson will be filmed for Winfrey's upcoming show on
 the new Oxygen cable network.  The 12-part series, Oprah Goes Online, will
 follow Winfrey and longtime friend Gayle King as they learn how to navigate
 the Internet.
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     Oprah is asking fans to join her for the special "Oprah's Angel Network"
 auction on October 2 (time to be announced).  Auction items include everything
 from signed memorabilia and the computer she will be using during her Internet
 lessons to front-row seats to The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as many other
 one-of-a-kind items.  Fans can find auction details at
 http://www.amazon.com/auctions, and will be able to preview items online
 beginning September 25.
     All auction proceeds will be donated to "Oprah's Angel Network," a
 campaign launched by Winfrey in 1997.  Proving that small acts of kindness
 create astounding results, "Oprah's Angel Network" is celebrating its third
 season of making a difference in people's lives.  Since it was founded,
 "Oprah's Angel Network" has raised over $3.5 million for college scholarships,
 built 145 Habitat for Humanity homes across the country, and embraced a host
 of other mini-miracles.
     Fans can participate in the auction on October 2 on the Amazon.com
 Auctions site (www.amazon.com/auctions).  Winfrey and Bezos will oversee the
 online charity auction.
     "Our auction customers love new and unique items, and we know they'll jump
 at the chance to own some of Oprah's treasured personal belongings and help
 the 'Angel Network' at the same time," said Bezos.  "We're honored that Oprah
 has asked us to introduce her and her fans to the excitement of the Internet
 and the online auction experience."
     "Since launching the 'Angel Network,' I'm always looking for new ways to
 help those in need," said Winfrey.  "Events like this on the Internet provide
 an exciting way we can work together to improve the world."
     About Amazon.com, Inc.
     Amazon.com, Inc., the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 video, and
 No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July
 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection(TM) with online auctions,
 toys, electronics, free electronic greeting cards, and more than
 4.7 million book, music-CD, video, DVD, and computer-game titles.  Amazon.com
 seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where people can find
 and discover anything they may want to buy online.  As part of its efforts to
 provide the best shopping experience for customers, Amazon.com provides secure
 credit-card payment, personalized recommendations, streamlined ordering
 through 1-Click(SM) technology, and hassle-free auction bidding with
     Amazon.com operates two international Web sites:  www.amazon.co.uk in the
 United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany.  Amazon.com also operates
 PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and
 reminder service.  It also operates the Internet Movie Database
 (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of
 information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and
 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the
 present. Amazon.com also operates LiveBid.com (www.livebid.com), the sole
 provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.
     In addition, Amazon.com has invested in leading Internet retailers that
 are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more
 convenient:  drugstore.com, an online retail and information source for
 health, beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy, at www.drugstore.com;
 Pets.com, the online leader for pet products, expert information, and
 services, at www.pets.com; HomeGrocer.com, the first fully integrated Internet
 grocery-shopping and home-delivery service, with operations in Seattle and
 Portland, Oregon, at www.homegrocer.com; and Gear.com, which offers brand-name
 sporting goods at prices from 20 to 90 percent off retail, at www.gear.com.
     This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
 and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating
 history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential
 fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends,
 competition, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth,
 risks related to auction services, and risks of new business areas,
 international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances.  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, 1998 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended
 March 31, 1999 and June 30, 1999.
     NOTE:  Amazon.com, Amazon.com Auctions, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Internet
 Movie Database, PlanetAll, Earth's Biggest Selection, Bid-Click, and 1-Click
 are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc., or its
 affiliates.  All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their
 respective owners.
     About "Oprah's Angel Network"
     Winfrey founded "Oprah's Angel Network" in 1997 as a way to encourage her
 viewers to make the world a better place to live.  Launched with the very
 successful "World's Largest Piggy Bank," Winfrey raised over $3.5 million in
 spare change from her viewers and through private donations to send
 150 students in need to college.  Also during its first season, "Oprah's Angel
 Network" launched a campaign with Habitat for Humanity to build nearly
 200 "Oprah Houses" across the country.  "We want you to really begin to open
 up your eyes, notice people around you, and look for ways to help those in
 need," says Winfrey.

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