Paperwhite becomes “Paperwait”
Waiting for Godot…er, Paperwhite
If you’ve been waiting for the reviews on the Kindle Paperwhite, and then figured you’d order it have a few days later…well, the best laid plans of mice users aft gang agley.
The product pages for both the 3g and wi-fi model, and the wi-fi only model say they are expected to ship in “4 to 6 weeks”. Order today, and it could be mid-November before you see it. It doesn’t matter if it’s ad-supported or not.
Oh, and the limit is two to a customer…so I guess one of Steve Douglas’ (played by Fred MacMurray) three sons would be out of luck. I’m thinking it’s Mike…Chip seems like more of a bookworm.
If that’s frustrating for you, I feel your pain. Mine isn’t scheduled to arrive until October 16th. I ordered it right after the announcement, and I paid $3.99 under Prime to get it in one day instead of two. However, and I am grateful for this, Amazon gave me a Paperwhite, which meant I canceled my order. There was some confusion about it, and the final order went through on September 10th. That four day delay means about a two week shipping delay.
This shows that the device is popular, probably more popular than Amazon anticipated.
Right now, the $119 Paperwhite is more popular than the $69 “Mindle”. Remember, that’s with the price of the Mindle being reduced.
Here are the top-ten selling Kindles (including the Kindle Fire line) in the USA Kindle store with their ranks in Electronics:
1. Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB $199 at time of writing in the USA (the same limitations will be true on the below)
3. Kindle (“Mindle) $69
4. Kindle Fire 7″ SD $159
9. Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi No Special Offers$159
10. Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (the old version) $69
11. Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi includes Special Offers $139
There are some very interesting things there to me. I’m used to saying that the Special Offers versions are more popular…but not on the Kindle Keyboard. Also, I have to guess that people who are buying the old version of the Mindle for the same price as the new one just don’t realize it.
The same supply chains affect more than one company, so this might not be the only shortage before the end of the year…
Update: thanks to several readers who caught a typo in a price…I typed $119 rather than $199…I guess I would have lost on the Price Is Right.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.