Heavy Demand as Amazon Rolls Out Kindle DX
isn’t releasing numbers on its Kindle sales but it has to be pleased with
initial demand for the new larger DX version of the book reader, which
was temporarily listed as out-of-stock on the e-tailer’s website.
DX, which comes with a 9.7-inch screen and retails for $489 versus
the $359 six-inch Kindle 2, started shipping on June 10. Amazon said it
would have more of the units in stock by June 17. The six-inch Kindle remains
in stock and available for immediate shipment.
spokeswoman Cinthia Portugal, told TechFlash, "Due
to heavy customer demand, new orders placed today will begin shipping to
those customers in approximately two days. We will prioritize new orders
on a first-come, first-served basis, so customers interested in buying
a Kindle DX should still order immediately to reserve their place in line."
Do you see e-books on the same trajectory as other industry-changing
gadgets such as the iPod and iPhone? Or will e-books be more of a niche
business? How will traditional book sales be affected?