Those sneaky Pete's in Amazon's
marketing department sent out an announcement this morning stating that the Kindle Fire, the best selling product in the company's inventory since it launched nine months ago, is now sold out. As in, the general public completely depleted all of Amazon's Kindle Fire inventory. It's no coincidence the timing of Amazon's 'sold out' notice comes just weeks before the mega e-tailer plans to hold a press event launching new Kindle models, of which it's been rumored a larger size Kindle Fire is on tap.
"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."
The pertinent part of Bezos' statement is bolded by us for emphasis. Without actually coming out and saying it, Amazon is basically confirming (unofficially) that another Kindle Fire product is in the pipeline, though the details have been a closely guarded secret. Initially, rumors were swirling that Amazon would launch a 10-inch Kindle Fire to compete directly with the iPad, but more recently
, speculation has centered on a slightly larger device in the range of 8 inches, possibly to compete with Apple's rumored iPad Mini tablet.
In any event, stay tuned, the one thing we know for sure is that new products are en route.