Launches TV, Print Campaign

Online bookseller launched a
multi-million dollar advertising campaign, calling it the company’s largest
promotion ever.

The book retailer will use authors and entertainers including John Gray (Men
Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus); Emeril Lagasse (Every Day’s a Party);
Scott Turow (Personal Injuries); Sue Grafton (“O” Is for Outlaw); and Barry
White (Staying Power) to launch a new brand campaign with the tag line: “We
bring writers home.”

The campaign was created by TBWA/Chiat/Day,’s
advertising agency-of-record. Spending specifics were not disclosed.

“The advertising campaign is part of an overall brand marketing strategy that
emphasizes’s understanding of readers’ passions and
interests,” said Carl Rosendorf, senior vice president,

“By featuring authors and entertainers, we bring to life for our customers
the shopping experience.”

In television and radio advertisements, the campaign depicts what would
happen if writers actually delivered books and music to the homes of online

The television campaign will air on all of the major networks
during prime time, late night and early morning programming.

The print advertisements feature links to the literary world. Well-known authors
introduce books that have inspired their writing. said it expects to extend the campaign into the year 2000.

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