Lisa Respers France, writing for CNN about The Oprah Show's final year on television, made a casual mention of a segment that will be shown this week.
Bookworms, a book club in Jamestown, North Dakota, "recently headed to the show in Chicago, Illinois...for the episode featuring best-selling author Jonathan Franzen."
' The group was thrilled with the chance to be in the audience, which [member Shelly Jystad] said included a 100-year-old fan who had followed Winfrey's career, and the gift of a free Amazon Kindle e-reader to every audience member. '
Looking further, I see that TV Guide's Natalie Abrams noted on Nov. 30 that
"Oprah Winfrey will announce her latest book club selection on Monday.
Harpo Productions also announced Tuesday that the episode will feature Winfrey's latest book club author, Jonathan Franzen."
So there you have it. The last time she had a show during which she gave everyone a Kindle (October 24, 2008), it sold out well before Christmas and in that case there were no more until a newer Kindle in late February, the Kindle 2. The show airs this Monday, December 6.
Take note, if you've been planning to get one for Christmas 2010...
Amazon has been calling the WiFi-Only Kindle "the Kindle" so that is more likely to be the Kindle she gives away rather than the Kindle 3G/Wifi (UK: K3-3G), although I'm curious whether her staff chose instead the model with 3G included, as that was a big feature of the original Kindle she gave away back in 2008. (I don't expect the Kindle DXG will be given out as most in her audience would probably prefer the smaller, purse-sized one.)
eBayers will be active on this also but Amazon Kindle orders are limited to three Kindles per customer, so that should help. Since avid readers are said to make up, at best, 10% of households, there will likely be quite a few Kindles sold on eBay later by audience members not really that into reading books but they will probably cost more at eBay if Amazon runs out as they did the last time Oprah featured one.
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