Amazon.com: No more Kindle Fires to sell

(Associated Press)

The original Kindle Fire (Associated Press)

(Updated 1:50 p.m.)

Verge.com just posted what it says is a photo of the next Android-based Kindle Fire.

“We’re being told that a ‘pair’ of Fires is likely — a 7- and a 10-incher — though it remains unclear whether both models will be introduced at the same time,” the website said. Verge also said it can’t tell whether the new tablet comes with a camera.

Previous report:

Amazon.com says it has sold out of its $199 Kindle Fire and it has no more of the tablets to sell. The company is widely expected to unveil a successor next week.

While not providing specifics, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement: “We will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.” Wow.

Amazon said the Kindle Fire, launched last fall, represented 22 percent of U.S. tablet sales and is the second-most popular tablet after Apple’s iPad, which starts at $399.

According to Computerworld.com, Staples recently put the Kindle Fire on sale for $179, which it said may indicate that resellers were clearing out remaining inventory to make way for a new Amazon tablet. Amazon is expected to unveil a successor on Sept. 8.

What would you want in a new Kindle Fire?

32 comments Add your comment

Barry Lavigne

August 30th, 2012
11:39 am

Excited to see a new product from Amazon. The Kindle is a great tablet for the price. Especially compared to that of the Ipad or Galaxy. Suprised they are unveiling something at this point. Would’ve thought they’d wait until closer to the Holiday Season. We shall see.

Google's Downfall

August 30th, 2012
11:49 am

Give Amazon about 2-3 more years….they’ll overtake Google. Kindle Fire was a very pleasant surprise for me. I’m not really a techy but I loved this tablet. My 3 year old loves it too and it’s great when its time for her to calm down and sit still for a while.LOL I hate to see that it’s already about to be devalued and replaced. It was just getting good. :)

Pamela

August 30th, 2012
11:58 am

I like Amazon. I find the best prices on this site on a regular basis. They sell quality products for great prices. :)

Ha!

August 30th, 2012
12:33 pm

Google’s Downfall?? Your techie ignorance shines through. The Kindle Fire is based on the Android platform (it’s a highly customized form of the OS). Google’s downfall would also precipitate the Kindle’s downfall, since the Kindle Fire, as it exists now, cannot function without Google. Unless they plan to make their own OS, independent of Android (which I don’t know why they would since Android is free to license), then the two are perpetually connected. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how Amazon plans to counter the Nexus 7 at its $199 price. One thing is certain, these tablet battles are good for consumers.

Tara

August 30th, 2012
12:39 pm

I love my Kindle Fire. If I could upgrade one thing about it, I would add a camera to the new device

Todd Watts

August 30th, 2012
12:42 pm

The browser experience on the Kindle is a nightmare.

bloodbike

August 30th, 2012
12:44 pm

I love my Kindle Fire and if I could ask for any changes it would be a camera, faster download speed, maybe better video quality. If this took it past a $225.00 dollar mark then keep it as is. I enjoy the price the most. $200 bucks is what I’m looking for, nothing over $225.

ray artis

August 30th, 2012
12:57 pm

I agree, Bloodbike. Add some stuff, but don’t add stuff that will make the price soar.

Ha!, you made good points, but you didn’t have to be rude to Google’s Downfall. Play nicely, please.

Techmom

August 30th, 2012
12:59 pm

The Kindle Fire is the only tech device I have ever pre-ordered before putting my fingers on it. I still love my regular Kindle reader and had great confidence Amazon would produce another great product with the Fire. I’m definitely looking forward to the next model though since I unfortunately I cracked the screen on my Fire and it’s $100 to replace it. It’s still mostly usable (just have to flip it over to read the bottom of the screen!) so I decided to “save” my $100 and put it toward the next model instead.

Kenneth Silvers

August 30th, 2012
12:59 pm

@ Ha! Being a Know-it-All, Smart Ass isn’t becoming on you. A little more civility and a little less jerk would certainly do you a wonder of good.

sad...........

August 30th, 2012
1:07 pm

make it were you can play facebook games on it and give it a damn camera!

iFart

August 30th, 2012
1:07 pm

I’ll just stick with my Apple products, thank you.

Boycott

August 30th, 2012
1:18 pm

I’m supposed to still be boycotting Amazon because they give money to special interest groups that I don’t support, right? Ha, kidding.

Ipad all the way.

Denise

August 30th, 2012
1:27 pm

I will buy the new one. There are many books that I am interested in that are not in iTunes or they cost too much.

Frank

August 30th, 2012
1:31 pm

Apple is the only tablet that deserves to succeed.
Everyone else is only copy catting.

jimbobbunkyboybama

August 30th, 2012
1:43 pm

This is not up to snuff i threw it out the window.

jimbobbunkyboybama

August 30th, 2012
1:43 pm

Market101

August 30th, 2012
1:49 pm

amazon creates a fake “shortage” to get some marketing buzz that the kindle demand is “on fire.” Chumps believe it and start trying to order the product—it works every time. Pay up chumps!

sad...........

August 30th, 2012
1:52 pm

Market101 just like when you stand in line for the new apple product? stupid much?

2Infiniti

August 30th, 2012
1:56 pm

I LOVE my Kindle Fire! The price is right and it a great, uncomplicated device.

jay

August 30th, 2012
2:23 pm

@GooglesDownfall – You do realize the Kindle Fire runs on Android whcih was created by google. Also android is on over 60% of the smart phones in use accross the world. The tablet % is probably higher than that. Google isn’t going anywhere.

Former Good Day Fan!!!!

August 30th, 2012
3:14 pm

I love my Kindle Fire! Amazon Rocks!!!

Furyguy

August 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

I liked my Kindle Fire until Amazon decided to extort another $25 per year from me to use their “free” cloud music storage. I don’t have 10,000 songs to store. Why should I pay for something that was free before? Side loaded Google Music. Not as integrated but at least it’s free (for now).

Baby

August 30th, 2012
3:41 pm

Happy with my Fire though I’m still mystified they didn’t include an app, or folders, where you could store the different genres of books or arrange them how you want, instead of having them all lumped together. Very annoying.

johnfman

August 30th, 2012
3:41 pm

Enough of this ‘us vs. them’ stuff. I’m sick of it. It pervades politics and everything else. The tablet market is big enough for several good products. Do u have $500-$600 to drop on a tablet? Get an Ipad. Do you not have that kind of dough (like me)? Get a Kindle Fire (I did) or the new Nook tablet. Or get the new Google tablet – I bet it kicks butt! But ditch the snobbery, and get a real attitude.

bruce

August 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

apple products break so easy. then people buy new ones. morons!

Horsetoothedjackass

August 30th, 2012
4:14 pm

Maybe they can not make it look like the BlackBerry PlayBook…..

dc

August 30th, 2012
4:30 pm

I love my Kindle Fire! Would only change the battery life. My cell phone battery seems to last longer. I have to charge it before I can complete a book.

no to pc

August 30th, 2012
5:01 pm

While I do enjoy my Kindle Fire I wish I’d spent the extra $$ and bought an iPad instead. In terms of use as a reader the Kindle battery lasts a long time, however, if I spend much time on the internet it does drain more quickly. I’ve never tried to watch a movie or anything like that. As a reader, it’s excellent.

TechGuru

August 30th, 2012
5:02 pm

buy the ipad–get the best. the rest of the stuff is overpriced junk.

BobDog

August 30th, 2012
6:13 pm

@Market 101

amazon creates a fake “shortage” to get some marketing buzz that the kindle demand is “on fire.”
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I read today that the iPhone 4 is about to get scarce, and cheaper, in anticipation of a probable release of the iPhone 5. All businesses do this. Look at the car sales for 2012 models right now. Amazon isn’t doing anything deceptive with this, IMO.

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