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Amazon (s amzn)’s new front-lit e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite (our review here), only started shipping on Monday to those who’d pre-ordered it, but it’s already sold out. If you order a Kindle Paperwhite today, it won’t ship for four to six weeks.
The delay appears to apply to both Wi-Fi and 3G models of the Kindle Paperwhite, and to models both with ads and without. I’ve asked Amazon for a statement and will update this post if I hear back.
A four- to six-week delay has the Kindle Paperwhite shipping in November. That should get the e-readers into shoppers’ hands by the holidays, though it’s possible that there could be further delays (or, of course, that the devices could ship sooner). Some chains like Best Buy (s bby) and OfficeMax will sell the Paperwhite in stores, but the devices don’t appear to be in stock yet there.
The not-always-reliable Digitimes reported possible shipping delays last week due to shortages of “raw materials and production labor.”
via Me and My Kindle