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The frenzy among search engines and Internet directories to sign new content deals won't abate, and has been a beneficiary.

The frenzy among search engines and Internet directories to sign new content deals won't abate, and (AMZN) has been a beneficiary of late.

America Online (AOL) and are announcing a three-year distribution deal. It calls for to receive a front-screen button on the home page, linking users directly to the bookseller.

In addition, the companies will introduce a navigational tool to allow users to link to relevant search results from AOL. In return, AOL will receive a $19 million payment over three years.

"This is a significant step in Amazon's strategy of expanding our reach to online users," said chief executive Jeff Bezos.

In a second such deal, Excite (XCIT) and have announced a three-year distribution and programming agreement.

It calls for to make a "multimillion-dollar Internet advertising buy" on Excite, lets users buy books while browsing Excite's channels, and lines up the bookseller to create original content for the channels. The search engine also will offer Netizens links that take them directly to the related search results page. The links are expected to be in place by year's end.

"The Web has established itself as a valuable medium for consumers searching for all kinds of information, including books," Excite chief executive George Bell said.

Earlier today, Yahoo (YHOO) and announced a pact for to become the premier bookseller on the Yahoo site.

The companies said they will offer Netizens direct links to related book titles from every Yahoo search result and book category page.

"This alliance provides a seamless transition for Yahoo users, researching information on books and related sites, to now include the ability to purchase relevant books directly from," Yahoo chief executive Jeff Mallett said in a statement.

These deals are becoming commonplace as Internet companies try to set themselves apart from competitors and provide an added hook to lure advertisers and customers.

Last week, Excite said it will provide direct online ticketing and live event information through an agreement with Ticketmaster. In addition, the search engine firm announced last month that it would team up with Intuit to create a financial channel. Intuit also said it would pay $40 million for a 19 percent stake in Excite.'s stock jumped 20 percent last Thursday after an investment firm initiated coverage with a "buy" recommendation. The stock was at 27-5/8 in afternoon trading, up 3-5/8 from yesterday's close. The company set an IPO price of $18 a share.