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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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