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Subrogation Agreement - Inc. and Jeffrey P. Bezos

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                              SUBROGATION AGREEMENT

      This Subrogation Agreement ("Agreement") is entered into as of June 19,
1996 by and among, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Amazon"), and
Jeffrey P. Bezos ("Bezos").


      A.    Bezos is the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon and
has a significant equity interest in Amazon.  Amazon is the successor in
interest to, Inc., a Washington corporation.

      B.    Bezos has personally guaranteed certain obligations of Amazon
to Wells Fargo Bank and Seafirst Bank (along with any successors in
interest, the "Bank"); and

      C.    It is the intention of the parties hereto that in the event Bezos is
required to honor his personal guarantee (the "Guarantee"), then Bezos will be
subrogated to the rights of the Bank against Amazon.


      1.    Definitions.  As used herein, the following terms shall have
the following meanings:

            Guarantee Enforcement Action. Any action taken by the Bank in
enforcing the Bank's rights against Bezos under the Guarantee, whether or not
such action involves formal proceedings such as litigation or arbitration.

            Guarantee Expenses. Any expense reasonably incurred by Bezos as a
result of a Guarantee Enforcement Action. Guarantee Expenses shall include,
without limitation, amounts paid to the Bank in settlement or judgment (or other
award) resulting from a Guarantee Enforcement Action, along with reasonable
costs of defense of any Guarantee Enforcement Action (including reasonable legal
fees and disbursements of counsel, and including any expert witness fees or
other reasonable costs incurred in such defense).

      2.    Subrogation Agreement. Subject to the provisions of paragraphs 3 and
4 below, Bezos shall be subrogated to the Bank's rights against Amazon for all
Guarantee Expenses incurred by Bezos. Amazon hereby acknowledges the subrogation
rights of Bezos under such circumstances and agrees to execute such further and
other documents as Bezos may reasonably request in order to evidence any such
subrogation rights, whether before or after Bezos incurs Guarantee

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Expenses. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, upon satisfaction in
full of the obligations of Amazon to which the Guarantee relates, Bezos shall be
entitled to enforce all rights the Bank would otherwise have had against Amazon,
including enforcement of any security instruments Amazon may have executed in
favor of the Bank.

      3.    No Modification of Guaranty Limitations.  Nothing herein shall
be deemed to violate or modify in any way the provisions of the Guarantee.

      4.    Burdens of Proof.  In the event of any dispute over the
applicability or enforcement of this Agreement, the following standards
shall apply:

            (a) Settlement or Judgment Amounts. Any amounts paid directly by
Bezos to the Bank in settlement or judgment (or pursuant to any other award) of
any Guarantee Enforcement Action shall conclusively be deemed to be reasonable.

            (b)   Defense Costs.  Amazon shall have the burden of proof of
demonstrating the reasonableness of such costs and fees that it has
incurred and the unreasonableness of any costs and fees that Bezos has

      5.    Other Provisions.

            (a) Attorneys' Fees. In the event of any dispute over the
applicability or enforcement of this Agreement, Amazon shall pay all costs of
dispute (including reasonable legal fees and disbursements of counsel for both
parties, and including any expert witness fees or other reasonable costs
incurred in such dispute).

            (b) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of
counterparts, by manual execution, or by facsimile, all of which taken together
shall constitute one and the same instrument.

            (c) Notices. Any notices desired or required to be given under this
Agreement shall be given to the addresses set forth in, and in accordance with,
the respective Guarantee Agreements.

            (d) Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed
in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington, as pplied to contracts
entered into and to be performed entirely within such State.

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      This Agreement has been executed by the parties as of the date first
written above.

                                    AMAZON.COM, INC.

                                    By Jeff P. Bezos
                                    Name: Jeffrey P. Bezos
                                    Title: Chief Executive Officer

                                    JEFFREY P. BEZOS

                                    Jeff P. Bezos
                                    Jeffrey P. Bezos