Amazon Kindle goes 'temporarily out of stock'

The big shortage story this summer has been about smartphones, but now e-book readers can be added to the list as Amazon has tagged the Kindle product page with the note "Temporarily out of stock."

The big shortage story this summer has been about smartphones, but now e-book readers can be added to the list as Amazon has tagged the Kindle product page with the note "Temporarily out of stock."

Interested buyers can still order a Kindle now, but Amazon doesn't hint any possible ship date and we won't know at all until the company has "more information."

Amazon slashed the price on the Kindle to $189 from $259 a few weeks ago, which the mega-online retailer credits as the reason why Kindle and e-book sales are up. Now it looks like the Kindle is so popular that there isn't any inventory left.

But if consumers are so keen on e-book readers with cheaper price tags all of a sudden, do you think they'll turn elsewhere (like to the Nook, Kobo or others) while the Kindle is out of stock?

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