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Amazon sells out of Kindle Fire ereader

Fire spreads like wildfire, sells like hotcakes
Fri Aug 31 2012, 12:16
Amazon Kindle Fire tablet

BOOKSELLER TO THE INTERNET Amazon is crowing about the success that it is enjoying with its Kindle Fire ereader, saying it is a fast selling and very popular product.

It has been a busy week for the firm and we can only assume that it is heading towards something rather big. It has an announcement scheduled for 6 September next week, and given that it has recently launched cloud storage and an app store, and has bragged about big ereader sales, we can speculate that it will launch an ereader that runs apps and uses cloud storage.

Back to what we know, though, and today Amazon said that the Kindle Fire, which is the version of the firm's ereader with a genuine web browser, has been selling like hotcakes in a lumber camp.

"We're grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon," said Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

"This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon-all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead-we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem."

The Kindle Fire, adds Amazon, went on sale just 48 weeks ago, or a month shy of a year, and has already captured nearly a quarter of the US tablet market.

Amazon says it has now sold out of the Kindle Fire, and we have asked it if it plans to make any more. So far we have heard nothing back. Again, this makes us wonder whether it is planning to launch a new, fierier version of the tablet next week. µ

 

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