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 CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.