DigiTimes reports that the new front-lit Kindle could be delayed until the end of Q3, which means it might not be in readers’ hands until October. The rumours, if true, aren’t likely to be a huge setback for Amazon but they do underline the fact that the supply chain is complex and potentially prone to getting tied up in knots.
The report from DigiTimes claims that the new device’s front light design (similar in principle to the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, could be to blame for the delay, although this hasn’t been confirmed. It’s suggested that when the device hits the market, there could be a reduction in the number of available units, thereby possibly harming order visibility.
Without any firm statement from Amazon, it’s impossible to say whether the report is true. The new Kindle devices are hotly anticipated and are expected to be generally lighter and more efficient, with a slightly redesigned casing as well as enhanced capabilities designed to help them compete more effectively with devices such as the iPad.