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Amazon Selling So Many Kindles You Can't Buy One

UPDATE: I was totally wrong! I’ll think twice before taking the company at its word from now on…
Alternate theory: Amazon (AMZN) has stopped selling the Kindle because it’s about to release a new one jam-packed with astounding features. But my hunch is that Amazon is being upfront when it says on its site that its $189 model is temporarily out of stock. If you absolutely must buy a Kindle today, though, Amazon is happy to sell you one of the super-sized DX models, starting at $359. The new one with a new color goes for $379.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work