Paperwhite becomes “Paperwait”

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)

2. Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers $119

3. Kindle (“Mindle) $69

4. Kindle Fire 7″ SD $159

5. Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – No Special Offers $139

7. Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers $179

8. Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi – No Special Offers $199

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.


12 Responses to “Paperwhite becomes “Paperwait””

  1. liz Says:

    “1. Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB $119 at time of writing in the USA” – don’t think it was ever that low … might want to fix that typo. 🙂

    Speaking of the new Fire, I’ve been wondering if the new text-to-speech handles Harry Potter’s best friend Ron’s last name better than the previous version of TTS. My Kindle 2 pronounces “Weasley” as “Wee-lye” for some reason. Other mispronunciations (such as Hermione) are understandable, but I wonder why it can’t handle a common name like Weasley. Do you have a Harry Potter book that you could test and report back on?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, liz!

      Yep, in that case it was a simple typo…thanks so much! I’ve corrected it now.

      I just downloaded and tested Harry Potter for you…at least in the first book, both “Weasley” and “Weasleys” was pronounced the way I would, like the adjective for being like a weasel. 🙂 I would never have known it was a common name, though. I’ve never encountered in real life.

      The issue with the mispronunciations is that if the person recording the voice for the software said it wrong, it’s wrong. If they’ve never said it, then it tries to figure out how to pronounce it. On the version of TTS (text-to-speech) we got on the Kindle 2 (RealSpeak), it was funny because the word “wrong” was pronounced as “wry”.

      That won’t be consistent, by the way. The person might pronounce the same word one way in one phrase, and a different way in another; TTS isn’t done on a word-by-word basis.

  2. Dave Says:

    I “ordered” a Paperwhite when it was announced, but I goofed and left it in my cart for a few days without finalizingthe order. By that time, my ship date had slipped to Oct 24. But…I got notice yesterday that my Paperwhite had shipped, 3 weeks earlier than expected. And this is exceptionally good news because just 3 days ago I set my K2 down on a chair, and then in the dark knelt on said chair to open a window and cracked the display on my beloved K2. So the Paperwhite coming early is a very happy occurrence!

    So, as with my case, hopefully Amazon is just being overly conservative with their dates. Better to surprise people with an early ship date than anger them with a late one.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Dave!

      Sorry to hear about your K2! I suppose a mountaineer might tell you that K2 is meant to be climbed upon, but that probably wouldn’t cheer you up. 😉

      It’s better to be early than late…but it’s better to be right than either. 🙂 In a case like this, I don’t see any advantage (I’m speaking as a former retailer) in a faked scarcity. The market shelf life of EBRs (E-Book Readers) is just too short. There is likely to be a new model in a year…missing a holiday selling season for folks who don’t want to wait a long time for something would be a big problem.

  3. Ann Von Hagel Says:

    You’ve got the price wrong on the HD7 Fire. 🙂

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Ann!

      I appreciate it…yes, that was a simple typo. Thanks for helping me fix the post so it isn’t confusing.

  4. Joe Bowers Says:

    Hi, Bufo,
    Typo alert, you show the Fire HD being priced at $119, when it is actually $199.

  5. Bruce K Says:

    I received my Paperwhite Tuesday and really love it. My son took over my Kindle Keyboard after his failed and I was relying on Kindle for iPad. But I missed reading on a RSK device as well as the Lenders library and other features.

    Sorry to say but this seems like deja vu (all over again:) Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 had huge delivery issues leading up to the holidays and many folks received theirs for a “Christmas in February”.

    I’m sure popularity has alot to do with this but Amazon is apparently having issues their production supplier chain as well. A real shame to see this happen again.

  6. D. Knight Says:

    I received my Paperwhite 3G SO on Tuesday (I ordered very early, but did not pay the extra $3.99–it was delivered one day earlier than the estimated delivery). Here are my impressions that I thought might interest you:

    I was underwhelmed by my first impression. First, there seemed to be a finger smudge on the bottom of the screen–I actually tried to wipe it off. However, it disappeared on its own in a few minutes.

    Second negative thoughts where when I looked at the light. It just did not seem bright enough. I did notice the dark-light shading at the bottom of course, but that did not bother me because, a) it is not that noticeable, and b) I’m an engineer, so I understand when an engineer says perfect, they really mean perfect in comparison with what else is available. That it is. (Later testing showed that, for me anyway, if the light is bright enough to notice the shading, it is too bright for comfortable reading.)

    When I started actually reading, my impression changed completely. It was too overcast to test in full, bright sun, but I tested every lighting condition available including full dark. I went from “this is not bright enough” to “this is almost too bright”. I was comfortable with only the first or second notch in full dark.

    There does seem to be a burn in period required for the screen; it seems like it improved over a few hours of use. Now my impression is that they did a wonderful job with this and this is an excellent Kindle.

    My previous Kindle was a Keyboard which I gave to my Mom, and not too long ago I got a DX to use as a backup/large format reading device (yes, I’m at the point where I feel I have to have a backup Kindle). I’ve been using the DX exclusively for about 3 weeks. So my other first impression is that this thing is tiny!

    It was initially hard to compare the contrast with the DX–I initially thought “they look the same, but that can’t be”, then I realized I was using fonts that were too different to compare properly and that I was more comfortable with a smaller font on the PW than on the DX.

    One thing that bothers me a little, but this is not new with the PW (I skipped the Touch): too many steps to turn off wireless (turn on Airplane mode). I really wish that was available in the main menu.

    I also got the Amazon cover. If you have special offers, you have to swipe after opening the case. I understand that if you don’t it turns it on immediately, however I like SO so I’m not going to get rid of them. I mostly appreciate that the PW goes immediately into sleep mode when you close the cover.

  7. D. Knight Says:

    Oh, and I forgot to add: The “time left to read” has got to be the most I-didn’t-know-I-needed-this feature. Mine isn’t even accurate yet (due to a spell of reading-snoozing-reading-snoozing) and I’m already using it. When enough time passes to get really accurate estimates, this is going to be great. And I thought I’d never use this feature.

  8. Tom Semple Says:

    Just got mine in hand last night. It’s nice, not sure I ‘needed’ it but I think I will like it a little more than my Kindle Touch once I get some more time with it. It’s a little more responsive, and I appreciate the modest UI enhancements (finally Archive/Cloud has Recent sort!). KT will probably get an update to erase some of this difference at some point (at least to add fixed-layout KF8 and Audiosync, if not the improved UI).

    Japanese dictionary available and Japanese keyboard. I don’t understand the input method but you can enter Japanese script.

    Bathtub/beach readers will want to know that you can operate it fully in a ziplock bag. Take that, Nook and Kobo Touch! I’m surprised there are no sexy Kindle commercials demonstrating this capability.

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