August 31, 2010, 1:38 PM

Staples to sell Amazon.com’s Kindle

The office supply chain will offer the e-book readers in time for the holidays.

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Staples Inc. said today it will sell Kindle, the electronic reading device from Amazon.com Inc. Staples will begin selling the devices in its 1,550 stores nationwide this fall.

Staples is No. 2 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, while Amazon is No. 1.

Amazon this summer launched new versions of the Kindle, including the $139 model that provides web access via Wi-Fi, the $189 model that connects to mobile phone networks and the $379 Kindle DX, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, not the 6-inch version on the other models. The DX will go on sale in late fall, Staples says.

 

Amazon last week said that the new generation Kindles are the fastest-selling Kindle models yet, taking into account pre-orders. Amazon, though, would not give figures to back up that claim.

The release of the new Kindles comes amid a price war for e-book readers. For instance, Barnes & Noble has launched its Nook Wi-Fi—which, like Kindle Wi-Fi, does not connect to cellular networks—for $149.

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