We reported last week that the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite will not see a broad international release until 2013. The company instead will focus on the core US market at the end of October for the debut of the company’s first glowing e-reader. Digitimes is now reporting that there are manufacturing issues with the new device and we will likely see only a few million units produced in all of 2012. The main issues include a labor and a raw material shortage for some of the more critical components. Amazon still intends on releasing the device on schedule but stores in the USA will probably receive only one shipment a week and not many units per shipment. In the meantime, if you live outside the States, Shop e-Readers is the only company distributing them internationally.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.