If you wanted to purchase an Amazon Kindle eBook reader for a family member or friend this holiday season, you won't be able to do so through Amazon, as the popular online retailer announced the Kindle will be out of stock for 11 to 13 weeks
Amazon's first Kindle launch saw high demand and massive supply issues about one year ago, but it seems Amazon was better suited this time around. According to the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Winfrey's endorsement of the device last October helped drive sales further.
Some analysts indicate Amazon may be clearing out current stock while preparing for a February launch of a new edition of Kindle. Amazon confirmed Kindle 2.0 wouldn't be released in 2008, and indicated that current stock of Kindle 1.0 would have to be sold before a new release.
Shoppers still interested in purchasing a Kindle can find them on eBay, though a quick look at the auction site reveals heavy price gouging on the popular eBook reader.
The popular online retailer hasn't released official sales numbers, and hasn't confirmed an updated eBook is in the works.
The popularity of eReaders has increased with the introduction of Amazon's Kindle and the Sony Digital Book eReader, with other manufacturers interested in entering the fray. Sony has the PRS-505 model available for $300 and the PRS-700 for $400, with more than 57,000 book titles in the online Sony Style eBook store. Both models required a cable connection, although Sony representatives promise a wireless eBook reader is currently in the works.
Sony has at least 90 percent of the books on the New York Times best-seller list; Sony charges $11.99 and Amazon charges $9.99 for the books.
In addition to eReaders, the Apple iPhone also has a new program, Stanza, which has seen "solid sales numbers" since its release.