Thursday, December 04, 2008

Scratch the Kindle Off Your List - WSJ.com

A timely reality check

For the second holiday shopping season in a row, Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle e-book reader is out of stock, and more of the devices won't be available until mid-February, at the earliest.

Amazon thought it had plenty in stock, but then the most powerful person in book publishing intervened. In late October, Oprah Winfrey described it as her "favorite new gadget" on her TV show. And just as Ms. Winfrey's reading selections turn no-name books into best sellers, the demand for Kindles soon overwhelmed Amazon.

This is inconvenient for shoppers who wanted a Kindle for Christmas. But it also supports a realization that is slowly creeping through the industry: E-book readers are for real.

I have a hunch the Kindle that shows up in mid-Feb (“at the earliest”) will be the 2.0 model.

Scratch the Kindle Off Your List - WSJ.com

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