Amazon Still Having Trouble Shipping Kindles

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Amazon is still having a hard time meeting the at-the-moment-nebulous demand for the Kindle. A pal of mine ordered his on March 24th, but as of today it still hasn’t shipped. Digitimes reported in January that PVI, the company that makes the Kindle’s ePaper display, is having trouble meeting demand. I suspect that is still the snag.

Keep in mind this doesn’t necessarily mean the Kindle is doing huge numbers overall. I requested sales about the device from Amazon several weeks ago and was met with silence (from a contact that had otherwise been happy to talk), so at this point it’s possible that the overall unit sales could be low. (Or high! But usually when they’re high you get some sort of response.) And they’ll remain low if Amazon can’t start getting Kindles into the hands of the unknown number of customers who want one.

Update: That same pal just got this email: “We now have estimated delivery dates for the Kindle order you placed on 3/24/08, #[redacted]. We are now estimating that your Kindle will arrive between 4/20/2008 and 4/27/2008.”

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3 Responses to Amazon Still Having Trouble Shipping Kindles

  1. Anonymous says:

    I ordered one in late January for my wife. It was delivered the second week of March (a week late for her birthday, but whatever).

    I had an idea she’d enjoy it, but not nearly as much as she actually does. So far she’s purchased atleast $75 in eBooks (mostly trashy romance novels, as far as I can tell, which are frequently bundled by author 2- or 3-for-1) and carries the thing just about wherever she goes.

    I can’t say this means the Kindle’s successful or not (I know of no real tangible person besides my wife who has one — which indicates it’s not selling as well as the scarcity might suggest), but I can say the product is pretty impressive overall. There’s a lot of room for this device to evolve, should Amazon continue to support it.

    (I want my own Kindle now, too… but I’ll wait for the improvements bound to come with the next generation — larger screen, improved ergonomics, etc.)

  2. WJPurdy says:

    (Pls ignore Anonymous comment — I did not realize I wasn’t signed in.)

    I ordered one in late January for my wife. It was delivered the second week of March (a week late for her birthday, but whatever).

    I had an idea she’d enjoy it, but not nearly as much as she actually does. So far she’s purchased atleast $75 in eBooks (mostly trashy romance novels, as far as I can tell, which are frequently bundled by author 2- or 3-for-1) and carries the thing just about wherever she goes.

    I can’t say this means the Kindle’s successful or not (I know of no real tangible person besides my wife who has one — which indicates it’s not selling as well as the scarcity might suggest), but I can say the product is pretty impressive overall. There’s a lot of room for this device to evolve, should Amazon continue to support it.

    (I want my own Kindle now, too… but I’ll wait for the improvements bound to come with the next generation — larger screen, improved ergonomics, etc.)

  3. drinkumbrella says:

    I would just like to be able to use amazon again with having a variety of kindle ads shoved in my face. I get it. Amazon made a fancy toy. Enough!

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