Amazon’s Kindles Shipping Early, but Keep Waiting for Sales Figures

The Kindle Fire will ship to customers today — one day early — and the company’s new lineup of E-ink devices will ship tomorrow — a full six days early. But how many of them have been sold? Amazon declines to say, as usual. In press releases, Amazon Kindle VP Dave Limp goes so far as to say that the Fire is Amazon’s bestselling item across the site, and that it is building millions more than planned. Meanwhile, sales of E-ink Kindles are “more than double any previous Kindle launch,” Limp added.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik