Kindle availability pushed back to September 17th

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Bad news if you'd scratched September 4th into your diary as the day you could order an in-stock third-gen Kindle.  Amazon has quietly updated its product page for the ereader with the news that new orders aren't now expected to ship until after September 17th, after what looks to be continued "strong customer demand".

The delay affects both the WiFi+3G and WiFi-only versions of the Kindle, each of which were officially unveiled back in late July.  Each has a smaller chassis than the second-gen version, together with E Ink's newest Pearl screen technology which boosts contrast and reduces refresh times.

[via Twitter]