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A new Amazon tablet on its way?

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(Read caption) Amazon's Kindle DX was discounted 29 percent on Friday, prompting many to speculate that the company is attempting to clear out inventory.

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If Gizmodo, PCWorld, and a bevy of other sites are to be believed, it’ll be raining tablets and e-readers pretty soon.

Rumors are flying that, as it aggressively discounts and discontinues older models, Amazon is on the brink of releasing new tablets – just in time for back-to-school season.

Gizmodo led the charge with a story last Friday, “$110 Says All the New Kindles Are Coming Next Week.” When bargain hunters opened their Amazon Deal of the Day email Friday morning, Gizmodo writes, “they were met with a bargain basement Kindle DX. Amazon’s black sheep 10-inch e-ink tablet is $110 off today, a 29% discount. It’s the kind of deal you offer when you want to clear out inventory, fast.”

Gizmodo continued, “And it’s not just the DX. Every single Lightning Deal today is Kindle-related: cases, speakers docks, sleeves. Sixteen deals in all, a waterfall of discounts. It’s a fire sale, if you’ll pardon the pun.”

What’s more, there’s an unusually hefty wait time on the Kindle Touch, the ad-free version is only available through third party vendors, and the Kindle Touch 3G is currently unavailable. Clearly, Amazon is looking ahead. Eager to get out with the old, in with the new. (Incidentally, Gizmodo said Amazon did the same thing two years ago when it displayed the Kindle 2 as sold-out one morning and began selling the Kindle 3 later that same afternoon.)

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