By Nancy Blair, USA TODAY
Amazon today announced that its Kindle Fire tablet is sold out.
"Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a news release.
Amazon is holding a press event on Sept. 6 in Santa Monica, Calif., at which it is widely expected to release a new version of the Fire, which first went on sale last November.
In today's statement, Amazon notes that Kindle Fire is the top-seller on Amazon.com, capturing 22% of tablet sales in the U.S. IDC forecasts that by 2016 there will be 222 million tablets shipped worldwide, and 61% of those will be sold by Apple.
The AP notes that based on iPad sales reported by Apple, Fire sales can be estimated at somewhere around 5 million units. That would make it the second-most popular tablet, after the iPad, the AP says.
Amazon also noted that the top 10 best-selling items on Amazon since Kindle Fire launched are "Kindle devices and content."
The announcement comes as Apple moves toward a smaller iPad and as anticipation builds for an expected mid-September unveiling of Apple's newest iPhone.
In July, USA TODAY reported that Amazon plans three new Kindle Fire tablets to compete with Apple and with tablets based on Google's Android mobile operating system.
Amazon launched the $199 tablet last November. It was the first Kindle with a color screen and the ability to run third-party applications. Apple's iPad, by comparison starts at $499 for its newest model.
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