Business Wire, May 31, 2000

Business Editors


Provides Customers With Convenient Access to a Diverse Selection of

Over 22,000 Hours of Digital Audio Content

Leading online retailer (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced the availability of more than 22,000 hours of spoken audio content from Audible, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADBL), the leader in Internet-delivered spoken audio for PC-based listening or playback on AudibleReady portable digital audio players.

Located in the Books store, the new Audio Downloads Store offers's 20 million customers access to more than 4,700 audiobooks plus a vast array of comedy, audio newspapers, magazines and business information available nowhere else in downloadable audio format. also brings to historic and contemporary speeches, academic lectures, language lessons, motivational programs and subscriptions to public radio programs, including Marketplace, Car Talk, Fresh Air and Science Friday.

"It is's never-ending quest to help customers find, discover and buy the best of anything," said Joe Galli, president and COO of "Our alliance with will enable millions of people who enjoy audio content to connect with outstanding entertainment as well as high-quality news and information."

Spoken audio programming can be purchased online, then downloaded or streamed for playback on a PC or on any AudibleReady portable digital audio player. The costs for purchasing programming will vary based on the specific content provided.

"Here is an opportunity to bring the greatest names and titles in the world of spoken audio entertainment and information to's discriminating audience," said Donald Katz, founder and chairman of Audible, Inc. "Beyond immediate access to Audible content via streaming or downloading, our new customers will have the flexibility to listen at their PCs or take the audio programs away to enjoy in the car or while exercising."

The audiobooks now available for download on include titles from bestselling authors such as Stephen King, John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, Geoffrey Moore and Stephen Ambrose, and classics by William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain. Audible has also produced exclusive audiobook titles -- including Po Bronson's The Nudist on the Late Shift and The Cluetrain Manifesto, an Internet business bestseller -- that are not available in audio format anywhere else. News and information titles include daily selected audio content from The Wall Street Journal; daily audio digests of The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times; features from the online publication Slate; articles and information from business magazines such as Industry Standard, The Economist, Forbes and Harvard Business Review; and daily financial research from J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., available exclusively through and

Charles Bronson

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