From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Amazon.com, Inc. is an American e-commerce company based in Seattle, Washington. It was one of the first major companies to sell goods over the Internet and was one of the iconic stocks of the late 1990s dot-com bubble. After the bubble burst Amazon faced skepticism about its business model, but it made its first annual profit in 2003.
Founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, and launched in 1995, Amazon.com began as an online bookstore, though it soon diversified its product lines, adding DVDs, music CDs, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys and more.
- Amazon's recommendation engine
- Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN)
- Statistically Improbable Phrases: Amazon.com's phrase extraction technique for indexing books.
- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
- Amazon MP3
- Amazon Web Services