Books are in our DNA

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1995 as a bookstore, with the goal to offer the earth's biggest selection of books. In fact, that’s where our name came from. We wanted our selection to be vast and wide – like the Amazon River. Amazon started with books and they remain core to what we do.
  1. Publishing critically-acclaimed authors

    Amazon Publishing is a leading publisher of trade fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. Our mission is to empower outstanding storytellers and connect them with readers worldwide. Our teams in Seattle, New York, Grand Haven, London, Luxembourg, Paris, Madrid, Milan, and Munich publish emerging, bestselling, and critically acclaimed authors in digital, print, and audio formats. With Amazon’s drive for innovation and passion for books, we merge technology and art to support our authors and help their stories change the world.
  2. Aspiring authors become published authors

    For authors around the world, sharing their story with readers is a lifelong dream. In 2007, Amazon launched Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to make it easier for authors to fulfill that dream. KDP offers a free, easy, and fast way to self-publish eBooks and paperbacks. With KDP, the power of publishing is accessible to authors worldwide, allowing a more robust and diverse set of voices to share stories with a wider audience than ever before.
  3. Supporting authors

    With the goal of helping writers tell their stories and find their readers, the Amazon Literary Partnership supports nonprofit literary organizations that share our obsession with empowering writers to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.
Diversity and inclusion
Amazon’s mission is to be the earth’s most customer-centric company, and this mission is central to our work in diversity and inclusion.
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