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Will New Kindle Boost Amazon?

Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 5:15 PM ET

The latest Kindle has gadget geeks jumping for joy, but will the e-reader’s success do the same for Amazon investors?

There are two version of this third generation e-reader and both began shipping on Friday.

The more expensive is the Wi-Fi + 3G Kindle which sells for $189. The Wi-Fi-only Kindle sells for $139. Both model are temporarily sold out due to strong customer demand.

The new versions have 20% faster page turns than the second-generation model. The devices each weigh 8.7 ounces, down 15% from the previous version. Storage is 4GB, room for about 3,500 books, and double the storage space of the previous models. They also have 6-inch diagonal screens, the same as the previous version.

The Kindle has been the best-selling item on Amazon.com for two years, the company says on its Web site, although it has never publicly stated its sales numbers.

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Will the new Kindle boost Amazon? Insight with Colin Gillis, BGC Partners analyst.

And the migration from traditional to digital shows no signs of slowing.

Last month the company released a statement saying it's now selling more e-books than hardcover books - specifically, 143 e-books for every 100 hardcover books.

What’s the trade?

At $139 Amazon’s not going to be making money on Kindle's hardware anymore, says Colin Gillis of BGC Partners. The economics are quesitonable. The company is facing increased marketing costs and a weak consumer. I just can’t justify the 46 multiple on the stock.

* Gillis has a ‘sell’ rating on Amazon, but less because of the Kindle and more because he largely sees Amazon as an e-commerce company whose growth is challenged by the weak consumer.




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