Do you know what was the first book ever ordered by a customer on Amazon? This is the question doing rounds on ever-popular question/answer site Quora.com.
Interestingly, the question was answered by Mr. John Wainwright, the customer himself providing in-depth details about the first book order placed by him on April 3rd, 1995 at www.Amazon.com. Here is a brief preview of what Mr. Wainwright had to say –
I think I’m the customer mentioned in the other answers, I did indeed buy Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts on April 3rd, 1995 (it’s still in my order history listing!). I’d heard that I might be the first non-employee customer, but could not get it confirmed. One thing that is uncertain is the beta vs. public timing. I was definitely on the beta test, and April 3rd, 1995 seems to be earlier than the opening date, which I think was in July of that year. Does anyone have clarification on this?
BTW, I still have the book and the original Amazon packing slip!
I came across the Quora listing through a friend. He’d heard about the rumors I was the first customer and sent me a link.
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.
This question was asked out of curiosity, however a great piece of information about the amazing history of eCommerce giant Amazon where the first book was by ordered by Mr. John Wainwright.