) -- 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

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, 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,


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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


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Kindle, which has not reported any delays. The device is currently in stock on

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York

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