In honor of World Book Day - a day dedicated to authors, illustrators and readers across the globe, celebrated annually on April 23 - Amazon hosted a Global Free Library event series, where communities around the world were invited to celebrate their love of reading and books. Global Free Library events were held in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Across twelve countries, Amazon employees, local community members and book publishers donated more than 17,200 books to bring the Global Free Library event series to life. In the spirit of World Book Day, readers that attended were encouraged to leave a book they love and want to share, and to discover and select a new book (or ebook) to bring home and read. At the end of each event, remaining books were donated to local charities. The global events brought together more than 7,400 participants to celebrate reading and included activities ranging from photo booths and book-inspired latte art to temporary tattoos of popular book quotes and more than 25 author and storyteller readings. click Read More below for more of the story
Third Quarter Sales up 29% to $32.7 Billion
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
Operating cash flow increased 49% to $14.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $8.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments increased to $4.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.1 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases increased to $3.4 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $637 million for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015.
Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 496 million on September 30, 2016, compared with 489 million one year ago.
Net sales increased 29% to $32.7 billion in the third quarter, compared with $25.4 billion in third quarter 2015. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on net sales was $52 million.
Operating income was $575 million in the third quarter, compared with $406 million in third quarter 2015.
Net income was $252 million in the third quarter, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with $79 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in third quarter 2015.
“Alexa may be Amazon’s most loved invention yet — literally — with over 250,000 marriage proposals from customers and counting,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. “And she’s just getting better. Because Alexa’s brain is in the cloud, we can easily and continuously add to her capabilities and make her more useful — wait until you see some of the surprises the team is working on now.”