Kindle Paperwhite orders slip to 3 December

The glowing Kindle is proving popular, with shipping estimates slipping into December. Meanwhile the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is now on sale.

The Kindle Paperwhite is proving popular it would seem, as shipping estimates for the glowing ebook reader have slipped to 3 December.

Despite Amazon confirming this morning that the Paperwhite is now officially on sale in the UK, a visit to Amazon's site reveals both the regular and the 3G versions of luminous gadget won't be in stock until the start of December.

That's accurate at the time of writing, but mere moments ago the in-stock estimate stood at 30 November. It seems to be slipping fast, so if you want to get your Paperwhite delivered before Christmas, you'd better order fast.

Amazon has likely sent out devices to anyone who pre-ordered one today -- although we have heard from readers whose pre-order delivery estimate has also slipped, to late November. If you already threw down cash for a Paperwhite, let me know if you've found it dropping through your letter box.

If you're struggling to get hold of a Paperwhite from Amazon, try another retailer. Carphone Warehouse, Comet, Currys, John Lewis, PC World, Rymans, Staples, Tesco and Waterstones are all going to be flogging the new Kindle devices, so you may want to shop around.

Meanwhile Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet is now on sale in the UK, warming up for a no-holds-barred punch-out with Apple's iPad mini.

The new Amazon tablet comes in 16GB or 32GB flavours, and has a 1,280x800-pixel resolution -- higher than that of Apple's tiny tablet. It's heavier than the iPad mini, however, weighing in at 390g compared with the mini's 310g.

The 16GB model can be yours for a mere £159, while the higher-capacity 32GB version will set you back £199.

It has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, which isn't exactly going to set your socks on fire with its raw power, but bear in mind this tablet will mostly be used for fairly simple tasks like reading ebooks or downloading music and movies from Amazon's virtual shop.

If you're umm-ing and aah-ing over whether you should opt for the Kindle Fire HD, the Google Nexus 7 or the iPad mini, then check out our comparison, which aims to figure out which gadget is best for you.

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