Amazon Light was an alternate user interface to Amazon.com built on the Amazon Web Services API. The site was developed by Alan Taylor, a former Amazon programmer, while he still worked for the company. The site was funded through Amazon affiliate links.
The website was intended to be a simpler and more efficient way to access Amazon.com and use its features. It allowed the user to search or browse Amazon's database of books, music, DVDs, and VHS tapes, and add items into a list. The list was then used to add the items into the user's Amazon.com shopping cart where they could then be purchased.
In July 2009, Alan Taylor announced on his blog that "Amazon Light (all four versions) will shut down."
- Wade Roush (January 2005). "Amazon: Giving Away the Store: Sometimes it makes sense to give away your core assets". Technology Review. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- Screenshot of the original layout Archived 2003-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Amazon Light – about Archived 2003-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Web Awards winners Archived December 6, 2006, at the Wayback Machine – south by southwest festivals 2005.
- A Farewell to Amazon Light Archived 2010-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
- Amazon Light main page
- Kokogiak Media
- Amazon.com's Webservices API
- Amazon Light 4.0
- Amazon Light UK
- A Farewell to Amazon Light
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