Enough storage for 200 books? Check. Proper wireless broadband connection without the need to be within spitting distance of a Wi-Fi hotspot? Check. A catalogue of 80,000 titles at launch? Check. Subscription services for magazines and newspapers? Check. Portability and lengthy battery life? Check.
While other e-book readers have come unstuck (having to port books over a USB connection from a PC being the killer for me), Amazon appears to have learned from other peoples’ mistakes. Making it the same size as a standard paperback, and emulating the bulge towards the spine, seems quite savvy. Following the proven Apple model of tying in the hardware and delivery service for content is a sound idea too, but with the added benefit (over the early iPods at least) of being able to download content directly onto the device.
The only downsides I can see? The price for a start. $399 isn’t cheap, but those of us on this side of the pond can take advantage of the current exchange rate of the pound versus the North American Peso. And it’s as ugly as hell, only in a vaguely cute retro Mac way. How long before they patronise 50% of the population and release a version in pink?