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(, Seattle, WA, The largest online shopping site in the U.S. Founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, within four years, Amazon had more than four million customers. Today, more than 100 million visitors access the site each month. Amazon's well-designed website made it easy to order merchandise (see one-click ordering).

From a Bookstore to Nearly Everything
Amazon started out as an online bookstore, constantly making news with its product volume. In the late 1990s, after adding CDs, videos, DVDs and games, Amazon offered more than four million titles. It continued to add new lines of business including toys, consumer electronics, software, power tools, home improvement products, online auctions and cloud computing services, the latter a significant profit center for the company (see Amazon Web Services).

In 2000, Amazon opened its e-commerce platform to non-Amazon vendors. Similar to Apple opening up its iPhone platform to third-party developers, Amazon acquired millions of sellers. Today, nearly every legal product that can be shipped is available on Amazon's site (see Fulfillment by Amazon).

Amazon Prime Membership
In 2005, Amazon Prime was introduced as an annual subscription. Prime offers free one-day and two-day shipping on most products Amazon stocks in its warehouses. Prime membership increasingly offers other benefits, including unlimited video and music streaming, photo storage and e-book lending (Prime Video, Amazon Music, Amazon Photos and Kindle eBooks). See AmazonFresh and Amazon Go.

Amazon's Own Products
In the late 2000s, the company began to offer Amazon-branded items, including e-book readers, tablets, smartphones, cables and other devices (see Kindle, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone, Amazon Echo and Amazon Dash).
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The changes will directly affect 300,000 merchants active on, the company's German site, of which an estimated 60%-65% are German.
German authorities have launched a probe into Amazon's treatment of sellers on the website, CNBC reports, citing a statement from The Bundeskartellamt. GmbH led the way in 2015, defending its high ranking in e-readers with the highest volume share of 48%. remained the clear leader in internet retailing in Germany in 2015.
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KDP Select is an option for authors to make their book exclusive to Kindle and have it included in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library on,,, and, where they earn money each time their book is borrowed.
In Germany, online sales giants and helped B2C E-Commerce revenues in Germany increase by double-digit rates in recent years.
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"It is unacceptable that books are for sale on that normally are only available under the counter in far-right extremist shops," the Telegraph quoted AJC as saying in a statement.
For example, customers in Austria and Switzerland can order media products in Germany by visiting the site, and Canadian consumers use both the dedicated bilingual English and French Canadian site as well as the US site, which offers a wider range of items.
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