Amazon recently issued a press release to announce that the Kindle Fire is sold out. Completely. They also noted that the device has captured about 22 percent of the tablet market. Those are some phenomenal numbers if your tablet isn’t called the iPad. It’s also worth noting that their tablet as only been on the market for nine months.
Price is likely a major factor, as is Amazon’s strategy, which is similar to Apple in some ways. They sell you a multimedia device on which you can use their many services. For instance, I can buy music on Amazon as well as books. That stuff is good right now, and it’s going to be good if I buy a Kindle in two years. My books and my music will still be mine, they will just be on my new device. Apple does the same thing for iTunes music, movies and more.
Here is Amazon’s press release:
Kindle Fire—The #1 Best-Selling Product on Amazon Since Launch—Now Sold Out
In just 9 months, Kindle Fire captures 22% of U.S. tablet sales
10 of the top 10 best-selling items on Amazon since Kindle Fire launched are Kindle devices and content
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 30, 2012– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Less than one year ago, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire—combining 15 years of innovation into a single, fully-integrated, end-to-end service for customers. Kindle Fire quickly became the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon.com, earning over 10,000 5-star customer reviews, and is the #1 best-selling product across the millions of items available on Amazon since its introduction 48 weeks ago. Today, Amazon announced that Kindle Fire is sold out, and that in just nine months, Kindle Fire has captured 22% of tablet sales in the U.S.
“We’re grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon—all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead—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.”
Kindle Fire offers customers a vast selection of digital content—over 22 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, books, magazines and more—in one seamless, end-to-end experience, making it easy for customers to browse, discover and purchase. Since Kindle Fire launched last September, all of the top 10 products on Amazon—across all products—are digital products.
According to Gizmodo, this is also an indication that Amazon will introduce a second-generation Kindle Fire as well as a 10-inch tablet. This could be as early as net week, as Amazon has an event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6.