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Amazon Kindle Fire sells out in the US, new tablet expected

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Amazon has today said that its Kindle Fire is "sold out" forever in the US, but promised an "exciting roadmap ahead" for the tablet line, with a major press event scheduled on September 6.

Despite heralding the Kindle Fire as the most successful product in the company's history, Amazon has allowed the remaining stocks to run out and will not fulfil any further orders.

Amazon Kindle Fire

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This means that Amazon will no longer sell the Kindle Fire on its website, but the product can still be sold at third party retailers.

A brand new Kindle Fire tablet is now expected at an "Amazon Press Conference" on September 6 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California - a very large building at an airport outside of Los Angeles.

Launched last November, the original Kindle Fire proved a hit with US customers due to its seven-inch colour screen, Android operating system and range of content available via the Amazon Appstore - all at a price considerably cheaper than Apple's iPad.

Amazon claims that the first Kindle Fire "captured 22% of tablet sales in the US", although it has not provided any firm figures to back that up. It has said, however, that over 1 million Kindle devices were being bought per week around Christmas last year.

Amazon Kindle Fire

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive, recently pledged that the company would "offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem."

There has been plenty of speculation about what Amazon could do next with its tablet line, including a Kindle Fire 2 slate offering a bump in specs on the original, or possibly a larger screen slate to compete with the iPad.

All Things D's sources have said that the new device will be lighter and thinner than the original Kindle Fire, as well as feature a camera and an improved display. It is also likely that Amazon will announce new content deals for movies, TV, games and other forms of entertainment at the launch event.

But it is hoped that Amazon will say next month that the new Kindle Fire device will roll out internationally, rather than just in the US as before. Tellingly, Amazon has today launched its Amazon Appstore in various European markets, including the UK.

However, Amazon's Kindle launch will have to compete in a packed September, which is expected to include the launch of Nokia Windows 8 phones, along with the expected unveiling of Apple's new iPhone and possible iPad Mini tablet.

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