It seems the Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi are continuing to sell really well. New preorders will now ship only on September 10th (thanks to Joe S. for the news).
Past preorders are safe – If you ordered in the first few days (think the cut-off is July 31st, 7 pm) then your Kindle 3 should ship August 27th and if you ordered in the next few days after that you should have your Kindle 3 shipped on or before September 4th.
The slowly increasing delay of new Kindle 3 orders
We’ve seen shipping dates slowly pushed further and further out – August 27th to September 4th to September 8th to September 10th. It seems that people are buying enough to keep pushing out the date a little bit at a time.
Once the Kindle 3 is actually out and reviews and videos start being published we might see the Kindle 3 sold out with delays much longer than the current 2 weeks. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
Slate gets on the $99 Kindle bandwagon
It seems almost everyone is beginning to subscribe to the theory that we’ll soon see the Kindle WiFi and other eReaders at $99.
Farhad Manjoo at Slate writes a rather up and down post on the $99 Kindle –
Does it make more sense to wait a few months for Crazy Jeffy to go even lower?
I think so. I rarely make predictions about the tech business, but here goes: Before the holidays, Amazon will cut the price of the Wi-Fi Kindle to $99, and the 3G version will go for $150 or less.
Why am I so confident that the Amazon will slide under the $100 threshold? For one thing, because it probably can.
There are some interesting claims in the article – that there will be a $99 Kindle well before Christmas, that Kindle 3 will drop to $150, that Amazon will have enough stock and won’t sell out of Kindle 3 during Christmas 2010, that there will be ‘unbelievable demand’ for eReaders when they’re under $100.
Have to admit Slate has a point – it’s looking likelier and likelier that we will indeed see the Kindle WiFi at $99 before 2010 is over.