Back in 1995, John Wainwright was one of the beta testers for Amazon site. On April 3, he ordered Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies by Douglas Hofstadter. This is believed to be the first public order from the website. Interesting thing is that it was handled before Amazon.com officially launched, which happened in July of that year.
A Quora thread, Amazon Company History, has more details. John Wainwright joined the discussion and shared the photo of the book together with a packing slip (picture above).
The book is still in his order history listing! What’s more, the book is still available on Amazon, for $9.99, although from third-party sellers. Release date for this hardcover edition is February 8, 1995.
I think I ordered the book over a T-1 connection at work, I was working at Kaleida Labs, the Apple/IBM joint venture, at the time.
Via The Next Web.
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