Amazon Kindle Sold Out, Possible New Version Coming
In the world of electronics manufacturers, many phrases have a double meaning. That means news that the Amazon Kindle is sold out may actually mean more than it seems.
Amazon has posted a notice on its website that its e-book reader is "temporarily out of stock." Amazon is telling customers that they will receive an email letting them know when the Kindle has an estimated delivery date once again.
The Kindle hasn't been out of stock since 2008, and during that Kindle shortage, Amazon was very clear about when the Kindle would be back in stock. That makes this sudden shortage and lack of information a little suspicious.
Of course, all this could be the result of Amazon recently slashing the price of the Kindle during a price war with the Barnes & Noble Nook. The lower price may have attracted an unexpected amount of buyers , resulting in the Kindle selling out.
However, there's another, more exciting explanation.
It's common practice for manufacturers to liquidate supplies of electronics before the next version is released. The significant price drop for the Kindle may have been Amazon's way of selling off the remaining Kindles in anticipation of the Kindle 3 coming out.
The theory of an upcoming refresh of the Kindle is supported by a Bloomberg report that said a new, thinner Kindle with a sharper display, called the Kindle 3 or Kindle "Slim" would be coming sometime in August. That makes this sudden shortage of Kindles right on time for a newly announced Kindle 3.