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Amazon selling more than 1 million Kindles a week

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For the third week in a row, Amazon has sold more than 1 million Kindles a week. During that time, sales of its Kindle Fire tablet have increased week over week, the e-commerce giant said Thursday.

Amazon said its first tablet, the $199 Kindle Fire, is the bestselling, most-gifted and most-wished-for product on the website.

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Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon’s Kindle division, said the Seattle-based company was building ‘millions more’ tablets to meet the high demand and noted that demand was accelerating.

Kindle’s family consists of the Amazon Fire, the $79 Kindle, the $99 Kindle Touch and the $149 Kindle Touch 3G.

‘Our family of Kindle e-ink readers are close behind Kindle Fire on the Amazon.com bestseller list,’ Limp said. ‘Customers continue to report preferring their Kindle e-reader for long-form reading, and in fact we’ve seen many customers buy two Kindles –- both a Kindle Fire and a Kindle or Kindle Touch –- this holiday season.’

This week, Amazon said it would provide a software update to Kindle Fire owners that will fix some of the tablet’s issues, such as a finicky touch screen. The company said it would release the over-the-air update in less than two weeks.

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-- Andrea Chang
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