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New Kindle Coming Feb. 9?

imageThat’s what it looks like, as Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has slated a press conference at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York on that date. The NYT confirmed that CEO and founder Jeff Bezos will host the Feb. 9 event, and the expected ship time for the sold-out device has been shortened from about three months to just four to six weeks, inciting more speculation.

Amazon launched the Kindle amid similar fanfare in 2007, and the e-reader has continued to add content partners and accolades — including a holiday-timed endorsement by Oprah Winfrey — that have kept it out of stock. The company hasn’t disclosed the exact number of Kindles sold, but competitors have steadily launched new readers, upgrades to existing devices and gained support from third-party wireless providers. Amazon reports Q4 earnings this Thursday, and while the company said it posted “best ever” holiday sales this year, analysts are worried that deep discounts ate into profit margins (via MarketWatch).

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