Amazon will benefit from lack of Nook eReaders for Christmas

Some of the hottest gadgets that will be offered this holiday season are eReaders like the offerings from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Sony. The newest of the eReaders to be offered in time for the holiday season is the Barnes & Noble Nook. The Nook is different from the other eReaders on the market in that it offers the typical e-Ink display for reading books and has a color touchscreen underneath for navigating the Barnes & Noble electronic book store.

Barnes & Noble has announced that the supplies of the Nook available for delivery before Christmas have been depleted and as of last Friday, anyone who orders will get a certificate to put under the tree that says the Nook will be delivered in January. Reuters reports that Sony has also announced it has run out of supplies of its new reader as well.

The big winner here will be Amazon and its popular Kindle line of eReaders. Amazon had supply issues last year, but this year the ecommerce giant reportedly has plenty of stock of its readers. The unavailability of the Nook and Sony readers will have many consumers buying the Kindle since it will be available.

Analyst Sarah Rotman Epps from Forrester said, "Amazon can reap the benefit of Sony and Barnes & Noble's failures here. Consumers looking for a wireless e-reader before the holidays now just have one main alternative -- the Kindle."

The popularity of the Nook does have a gray cloud hanging over the device though with a suit pending from a firm called Alex Design. Spring showed its own eReader to Barnes & Noble over a year ago according to the firm in an effort to forge a distributing agreement. Barnes & Noble allegedly misused the advanced information about the Alex eReader and incorporated some of the design into the Nook.

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