, (NASDAQ: AMZN) is an American e-commerce company based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, and launched in 1995, began as an online bookstore before diversifying its product lines by adding VHSs, DVDs, music CDs, MP3s, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and more. Amazon has since established separate websites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, France, China, and Japan.

Since starting out in his garage in Bellevue, Washington, Jeff Bezos has gone on to form one of the greatest ecommerce sites the internet has every seen. This is the story and history of as told through a timeline of events.


Jeff Bezos incorporates his company under “”


1995 launches and officially goes live as an Online Bookstore

July- sells first book- Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought, by Douglas Hofstadter


July- launches Associate Program. Amazon associates can place banner or text links on their site for individual books, or link directly to the Amazon home page.


May- Amazon announces IPO. Amazon starts trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol AMZN at an IPO price of US$18.00 per share

September- Amazon introduces 1-ClickTM, allowing customers to make purchases online with one click.

November- Opens Fulfillment Center in New Castle, Delaware




February- Amazon launches Advantage Program

October- First International Sites are launched (UK) and (Germany)

November- Opens DVD/Video Store


January- Opens Fulfillment Center in Fernley, Nevada

March- Auctions is launched

April- Opens Fulfillment Center in Coffeyville, Kansas

May- Opens Fulfillment Centers in Campbellsville and Lexington, Kentucky

June- Amazon acquires Alexa Internet for US$250 million in Amazon stock

September- Amazon is granted “1-Click” Patent. Launches zShops

October- Opens Customer Service Center in Tacoma, Washington Acquires Tool Crib of the North’s Online and Catalog Sales Division

December- Jeff Bezos named Time Magazine “Person Of The Year”


January- Opens Customer Service Center in Huntington, West Virginia

May- Opens Kitchen Store

August- Toys “R” Us and join alliances

November- Amazon Marketplace is launched. introduces First Free Super Saver Shipping Offer (Orders Over $100)


April- Amazon announces Borders Group Alliance

August- introduces In-Store Pick Up

September- Travel store is opened

September- Amazon announces Target Stores Alliance


January- reports its first net profit during 4th quarter of 2011

June- is launched

July- Amazon Web Services is launched

August- Lowers Free Super Saver Shipping Threshold to $25

November- Opens Apparel & Accessories Store


April- National Basketball Association Alliance

June- Launches Amazon Services, Inc. Subsidiary

September- Opens Sports & Outdoor Store

October- Launches, Inc. Subsidiary

December- Opens Health & Personal Care Store


January- Introduces Presidential Candidates Feature

April- search engine goes live. opens Jewelry Store

May- The Bombay Company Alliance is announced

June- Opens Software Development Center in Scotland

September- Amazon acquires Limited. launches Paris Hilton Jewelry Line Exclusively on

November- Amazon introduces Toolbar for a Search box. Launches Amazon Theater

December- Amazon reports Busiest Holiday Season Ever


Amazon Prime (Unlimited express shipping for $79 a year)

April- BookSurge LLC is acquired by

May- Amazon introduces Amazon Wedding

August- Launches Maps Launches Amazon Shorts Launches the First The O.C.-Branded Women’s Fashion Collection

October- Amazon’s fulfillment agreement with

September- Opens Customer Service Center in Kennewick, Washington

November- Amazon launches New Gifting Experience. announces record-breaking Watch Sales. Amazon announces Partnership with Celebrities to Raise Money for Hurricane Victims During Holiday Shopping Season

December- Announces Customers Ordered over 108 Million Items Worldwide During 11th Holiday Season


February- Launches Amazon Connect. announces Jewelry Sales up more than 100 percent in fourth quarter 2005. Amazon acquires

March- Launches Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

April- Media Gateway Program with CustomFlix

July- launches Grocery Store

September- Amazon Unbox service is available, a digital video download service with DVD-quality picture. launches WebStore and Fulfillment by Amazon for small and medium-sized businesses.


January- Amazon launches, a shoe and handbag website that offers over 15,000 styles and free overnight shipping on all products

March- “Amazon Unbox on TiVo” becomes available, offering over 1.5 million broadband-ready TiVo subscribers access to thousands of movies and TV Shows

June- becomes “Joyo/Amazon” with a New Look and New Features

August- launches Jewelry & Watches stores internationally

September- Public Beta of Amazon MP3 is launched

October- Announces plans to open new fulfillment center in Munster, Indiana

November- Amazon introduced the first Kindle and Amazon Web Services offers European storage for Amazon S3. New Customer Video Reviews become available.

December- Amazon MP3 adds Warner Music Audio Downloads. purchases J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”


January- Amazon buys for $300 million

July- Amazon announces purchase of

August- Amazon acquires

September- Amazon launches election 2008 store,  Motorcycle & ATV Store, and New TV Show Stores

October- Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon EC2 for Windows

November- Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon CloudFront. Announces First-Ever Holiday Customer Review Team

December- Amazon Web Services introduces “Public Data Sets on AWS”


January- launches Inauguration Store

February- Introduces Amazon Kindle 2

March- Introduces Kindle Application for iPhone and iPod Touch

April- Introduces Kindle Application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Amazon launches Xbox LIVE store

May- Introduces Kindle DX Introduces AmazonEncore

June- Introduces Tom Douglas by Pinzon

July- Amazon acquires for $1.2 billion. Introduces AmazonWireless and launches Outdoor Recreation Store

August- launches free shopping application for Android

October- Amazon launches Local Express Delivery and introduces Kindle for PC. Amazon announces Kindle is for sale in more than 100 countries

November- Announces expansion of Amazon Web Services into Asia. Kindle breaks record for sales in a single month during November

December- announces Textbooks Trade-In Program. Kindle breaks monthly sales record and Amazon launches the Bestsellers Archive


January- Introduces Kindle DX with global wireless

February- announces Kindle for BlackBerry

March- Amazon introduces Kindle for Mac

April- Announces Kindle App for iPad

May- announces Shopping App for iPad and Kindle for Android. Amazon launches Amazon WebStore

July- Announces new generation Kindle

September- Introduces Amazon Mom Program and launches Kindle for the Web

October- Amazon acquires and introduces Heidi Klum for New Balance Collection. launches new jewelry category

November- Launches Amazon Studios and introduces Price Check by Amazon

December- Amazon invests $175 million in local deal site LivingSocial


January- acquires LOVEFiLM International Limited

February- announces Prime Instant Videos, a new benefit for Prime Members. Amazon Web Services introduces AWS CloudFormation

March-Introduces Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android.  Amazon Appstore for Android becomes available

April- Announces Amazon Deals App

May- now selling sore Kindle books than print Books. announces MYHABIT.COM.

June- Launches AmazonLocal

July- AT&T sponsors Kindle 3G. announces International shipping to over 50 countries worldwide

August- Amazon Web Services announces Global Rollout of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Amazon introduces Kindle Cloud Reader

September- Amazon launches Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G. Amazon introduces Amazon Silk, a web browser developed for Kindle Fire

October- announces Third Quarter Sales up 44% to $10.88 Billion

November- Amazon introduces The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

December- Amazon Publishing to Acquire Marshall Cavendish US Children’s Books Titles


January- Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon DynamoDB

February- Launches Sports Collectibles Store

March- agrees to acquire Kiva for a reported $775 million

April- Introduces AmazonSupply, Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace, and Amazon introduces eBooks Kindle en Español

May- Amazon Studios to Develop Original Comedy and Children’s Series for Amazon Instant Video

June- Amazon Publishing Acquires Avalon Books

July- introduces GameCircle and Game Connect. Amazon opens portal for International Mobile App Distribution