Widespread unavailabilities at Amazon: DoS attack, glitch, or upgrade?

Widespread unavailabilities at Amazon: DoS attack, glitch, or upgrade?

There’s something very strange happening at Amazon tonight.

I’ve seen a number of threads in the Amazon Kindle forums, with people complaining about trying to get books (from a sample, from their Wish Lists), and finding that they are unavailable.

These are people in the USA…and it isn’t affecting everything they would want to buy.

I went in and checked some things myself.

The first big thing was that the link to the

Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

from the homescreen was broken.

That’s not good.

Amazon has to be counting on that right now for a lot of sales. I would guess it has been down for at least an hour, just from my own checking.

I tried to get to it from the Shop by Department link on the homescreen…nope, another “404” error.

I went to the Kindle e-books page…that one worked.

I clicked on a book there…that one also worked.

I heard it might be books from Random House: those seem okay.

Hmm…it’s possible that the problem is being fixed rapidly, so I’m just not finding what people were seeing earlier.

I think we will get an explanation on this one, though.

What could it be?

Some possibilities:

  • DoS (Denial of Service) attack: this would be someone trying to hurt Amazon…typically they set up something which automatically hits a webpage so many times that no one else can get in
  • Glitch: it’s just some kind of problem at Amazon. They have redundant systems, so that’s a bit unlikely, but always possible
  • Upgrade: Amazon is doing some major upgrade to the site, and in the transition, things are failing
  • Negotiating tactic: I don’t think that would be case here. After all, Amazon isn’t going to be negotiating with the Kindle distributor…since that’s them 🙂

Again, I do think we’ll hear about it…this is too significant to simply ignore.

If you ran into it today, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

Hopefully, it’s all getting fixed and it will be okay by tomorrow…virtual fingers crossed. 🙂

One unrelated comment (well, maybe two, depending on how you count it). Thank you to everybody who answers polls on this blog! I’m amazed at the results so far on the polls in my Banned Books Week polls. I also want to thank everybody who has been buying Amazon Gift Cards through this blog! Not only are you bringing joy to others (or, you know, to yourself…you can use them that way, too, and that’s a good way to budget how much you will spend in a month), but it’s a big help.

Bonus deal:

Want something cheap and well-reviewed (by customers)?

5 star ninety-nine cent books

The search above is ranked in order of customer review, so you’ll notice that the first ones aren’t only 5 (out of 5) star, but have a lot of reviews. Doesn’t mean you’ll like them, but you might, and the risk is relatively low…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

One Response to “Widespread unavailabilities at Amazon: DoS attack, glitch, or upgrade?”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    Related to the KFHDX announcements — Do you think??? :grin

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