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Amazon.com customers to pick best US cover

The Magazine Publishers of America has kicked off the 2009 Best Magazine Cover of the Year award. The award, formerly judged by members of the American Society of Magazine Editors, is this year being hosted by Amazon.com where customers can vote for the best cover.

Amazon.com customers have three weeks to vote for the best cover in 10 categories, followed by a one-week voting period to choose the best cover out of the finalists. Customers who vote are automatically entered in a chance to win a $10,000 Amazon.com gift card.

“We’re excited to give Amazon.com customers a new opportunity to share their opinions,” said Peter Larsen, director for Magazines at Amazon.com. “Just like our customers, we can’t wait to see which cover wins.”

Out of more than 350 submissions, judges from the American Society of Magazine Editors have selected six finalists in each of the 10 categories. These include Best Obama cover, Sexiest cover, Most Delicious cover, News & Business, Sports & Fitness, Fashion & Beauty, Science, Technology & Nature, Entertainment & Celebrity, House & Home and Lifestyle. Starting today, customers are invited to vote for their favourite among the nominees in each category. Once finalists are determined for each category, a final voting period will open on Sept. 21 to determine the Best Cover of the Year across all categories, ending Sept. 30. The winners will be announced on Oct. 14 by the Society at the Magazine Innovation Summit in New York City.

The Amazon.com Magazine Store claims to sell more than 40,000 titles across all categories, from general-interest consumer titles to trade magazines.

To view the nominees and vote for your favourite covers of the year, go to www.amazon.com/bestcovers.

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