So why the delay? I don't have any inside info, but clearly demand exceeds supply. And I suspect that this is a manufacturing issue, not just an excess of demand. Last week I reported on a Digitimes rumor that Amazon was having problems manufacturing the KPW, and now it seems that rumor was correct.
If I had to pin it down to a single part, I would bet that the hold up is due the the frontlight and screen assembly. Everything else that goes in the KPW is fairly standard in terms of consumer gadgetry, so it would truly be a surprise if Amazon couldn't get the cases or logic board made in sufficient quantities.
But the screen is another matter. It's new (for Amazon's manufacturing partners, anyway), and that by itself can cause problems, as B&N may have discovered back in May. There were reports at the time that the Nook Glow was having manufacturing issues with the frontlight and screen. While there is no proof that the rumor was true, B&N did report the Nook Glow as being out of stock a few different times in May and June.
In any case, the Kindle Paperwhite should be back in stock some time in November. That would leave plenty of time to order it and get it in time for Christmas.
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