Someone just tweeted me a link to a Kindle discussion forum. One Kindle owner asked when her Kindle 3 will ship, and this is what she was told:
Orders placed before 8 p.m. Pacific Time on August 1st will still ship by the August 27th release date.
Orders placed before 10 p.m. Pacific Time on August 5th will ship on or before September 4th.
Orders placed before 12 p.m. Pacific Time on August 12th will ship on or before September 8th.
Orders placed after 12 p.m. Pacific Time on August 12th will ship on or before September 12th.
Now this is interesting. Each full week of orders is getting bumped back 4 days. It looks like this time around they were prepared for the volume of orders.