* Amazon says Nov best sales month yet for Kindle
* Says some businesses buy e-reader "in large quantities"
* No specific sales data provided
NEW YORK, Nov 30 Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said
on Monday that its Kindle electronic book reader posted its
best sales yet in the month of November, as rivals struggle
with fulfilling their customer orders.
The online retailer said shoppers were buying several
Kindles at once as holiday gifts, while businesses and
organizations were buying the device "in large quantities" for
employees or clients. Amazon does not provide precise data on
Amazon's statement on Kindle's success this holiday season
follows notices by Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) and Sony Corp
(6758.T) to their customers that they had sold out of their
e-readers before the start of the holiday shopping season due
to high demand.
While the higher-than-expected demand proves consumer
interest in the device, Barnes & Noble and Sony also appear to
have lost an opportunity to gain share against Amazon's
market-leading Kindle device.
On Sunday, Barnes & Noble said it would delay shipments of
its newly-launched Nook reader to stores as it strives to
deliver pre-ordered devices before the holidays.
The bookseller said last week it had lowered its full-year
earnings forecast as it expected a tough holiday season and
higher costs to accelerate Nook production.
(Reporting by Michele Gershberg; Editing by Derek Caney)
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