Sony Says Some E-Reader Orders May Miss Christmas

Two high-profile electronic-book readers seeking to challenge Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Kindle could be scarce under the Christmas tree.

Sony Corp. (SNE) Wednesday said orders for its new Daily Edition Reader–which the company said in August would arrive in time for the holidays–are now expected to ship Dec. 18 through Jan. 8. It added that the actual delivery date can’t be guaranteed.

Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS), which is racing to enter the market with an e-reader called Nook, last week said the latest orders for the product will ship Dec. 18, though it stated it expects those products to arrive by Christmas.

The projections, which both companies linked to strong demand, underscore the difficulties of forecasting orders and coordinating a supply chain that includes component makers, manufacturing services and others.

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