NEW YORK (
) -- It looks like e-readers will be in short supply this holiday season -- a fact that could bode well for companies that still have plenty in stock.
Barnes & Noble
, for one, said shipments of its new Nook e-reader will be delayed due to higher-than-expected demand, the
New York Times
reported. Pre-orders for the device exceeded estimates, causing Barnes & Noble to sell out of the Nook.
Barnes & Noble's Web site says the Nook won't ship until Jan. 4, but they are issuing certificates to wrap up for anyone giving the device as a gift.
Earlier this week,
also reported that its Daily Edition e-reader could experience shipping delays. It is not guaranteeing that pre-orders for the device will be received in time for Christmas.
The Daily Edition launched in August and is Sony's first wireless e-reader. The company also makes a Pocket Edition and Touch Edition.
All of this could, of course, bode well for
Kindle, which has not reported any delays. The device is currently in stock on Amazon.com.
-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York
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