Oct. 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM ET
More than a month before it will be available, Amazon's Kindle Fire has already sparked buzz, with one source estimating its first day pre-orders to be almost 100,000.
eDataSource, which compiles and analyzes marketing data for digital messaging, posted on its blog an estimate of 95,000 pre-orders. This is how they came up with that number:
They took a panel of 800,000 inboxes, analyzed purchase receipts received by email and used that info to "estimate the daily orders places at major ecommerce sites as well as what products are being purchased."
When Amazon revealed its $199 Kindle Fire last week, you could already tell not only were early adopters' minds sparking, but so were countless gift-givers. But, there were other options from Amazon too. The basic Kindle's price dropped down to $79, while new Kindle Touch clocked in at $99 and $149 for its 3G version.
But despite being the most expensive of the Kindles, the Fire "outstripped sales of the other three new Kindle units combined, according to eDataSource's estimate. eDataSource estimates that sales of the other new Kindle units totaled approximately 25,000 units during the same period."
While we don't have official numbers yet, we have reached out to Amazon and will let you know what they say. eDataSource points to their previous prediction of Apple iPad sales (350,000 vs. the actual 300,000 on the first day) as support for its Amazon crystal ball reading.
The 7-inch touch-screen Android tablet will have access to Amazon's vast expanse of media (18 Million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, and magazines) — at a price, of course — and be able to store it in the Amazon Cloud (for free). Current Amazon Prime members will be able to watch streaming videos, while those who haven't signed up for the service will get a month free with the device.
Take our poll and tell us if you've already pre-ordered, or plan to. The Kindle Fire will be available beginning Nov.15.