This Is The First Book Ever Ordered From Amazon

Above is the first book — and first packing slip ever to leave Amazon’s online warehouse. Well, other than the ones employees bought on test runs, or beta users. It was purchased by computer scientist John Wainwright on April 3, 1995. It’s not a classic, nor was it on any bestseller list at the time. It’s the liner notes to the first Third Eye Blind album. It’s just a terrifically, eye-crossingly nerdy tome about computer models. How perfect.

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought is the book Wainwright ordered from the baby bookseller. As he explained on Quora:

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.

An Amazon exec went on to confirm Wainwright’s claims to the #1 spot. Not that there was ever much doubt; an entire building on Amazon’s campus is named after him.

Incidentally, you can still order Fluid Concepts from Amazon today for $US20 ($US14 on your Kindle. Its sales rank may be a paltry 54,863. But it’ll always be number one. [Quora via Brainpicker via The Atlantic]


Comments

    the first memory to come to mind about buying it was what internet connection he had? sounds like he would be a handful of fun at a party :D

      Actually sounds like the kind of guy I could speak to for hours!

        Not me, I'd be tearing my hair out. I've spoken to guys like that, and outside tech/computing/programming, they have no life and are a dry as old dog poo. They bore the hell out of me.

    Why does he still have the packing slip?

    Naming a building after your first customer is pretty cool though.

    he must have retained the reciept for tax purposes? it's a bit past 7 years now though. lucky his surname wasn't Burning. noone would want to work in the Burning building.. lol

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