My 8.9" Fire pre-order allegedly shipped yesterday. Was a gift, and will be my first time owning a tablet. Looking forward to playing with it. Could even arrive today, but doubtful.
Also. It seems that when pre-orders first went live there was not a Special Offers/No-Special offers option. Now they're selling the non-SO for $15 more. This is probably old news. Point is, I'm not sure which one that means I'll be getting, since the pre-order was $299 and the SO is $315.
Interestingly enough, my mom, who also preordered, called Amazon to ask about it. They told her that since it was pre-ordered before the SO option went into effect, if the one she/we get is Special Offers and we decide we don't like it, they will remotely remove that feature at no cost.