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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald