is an alternate user interface
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 pays for itself through Amazon affiliate links.
The website is intended to be a simpler and more efficient way to utilize Amazon.com and its features. It allows the user to search or browse Amazon's database of books, music, DVDs, and VHS tapes, and add items into a list. The list is then used to add the items into the user's Amazon.com shopping cart where they can be purchased.
Amazon Light originally used a layout which resembled the main page of the Google search engine. In July 2002 Google's lawyers told it to cease and desist.
Amazon Light 4.0 won the "Technical Achievement award" at the South by Southwest Web Awards in 2005.