When Barnes & Noble announced their first eReader the “Nook” they had planned to receive the eBook readers in stores by the last week of November at the latest, however those plans were soon pushed back after higher than expected pre-orders for the device.
The Wall Street Journal has said that the Nook will be “available for sale or for demonstration purposes” but only in select Barnes & Noble stores upon first receivables. Those “select” stores according to B&N will only include “high volume” stores, although they haven’t said which stores are considered “high volume.”
B&N is also promising that any orders placed by November 20th will be fulfilled by January 4th, a little too late for Christmas so hopefully you live by a high volume store.
As Engadget pointed out, the lack of in-store units doesn’t necessarily mean a high number of units moved, it could just be bad supply planning by B&N, we’ll wait for official numbers to figure out exactly how popular the Nook really is.