Before picking up an ebook reader for the holidays, many people were waiting for the debut of Barnes & Noble's Nook -- an ebook reader meant to go head-to-head with Amazon's Kindle. The Nook has now been out for less than a month, and it's already sold out for the holidays. Order a Nook now and it won't arrive before the week of January 4, according to an article in the New York Times Bits blog.
Sony has also had trouble keeping up with demand for its new reader, called the Daily Edition. That means that if an ebook reader is on your list for the holidays, the Amazon Kindle remains your best bet. And at least so far, there haven't been any supply chain issues. A check at Amazon.com showed that the Kindle was indeed in stock and ready to go.
Before you buy, be sure to skim over our report on ebook readers for more on the Kindle and its competition.