it turns out i was way too optimistic when i expected to get my amazon kindle very soon. i ordered it on monday (11/19), and amazon happily added $20 to my bill for overnight shipping. when it hadn't shown up for two days, i went back to the amazon order and now it actually says
Delivery estimate: December 3, 2007.
when i calculate the number of days between 11/19 and 12/3, i end up with 14 days, which to me looks significantly different from the
One-Day Shipping i selected and paid for. conveniently, this means that the arrival date of the kindle will be the exact date when the free trial period for the periodicals ends which i ordered along with the kindle...
other people had more luck with their order, which means that in some cases overnight shipping seems to have worked. i guess i have to stick to reading reviews about the device for a while, such as mark pilgrims schmaltzy piece which nevertheless makes some good points about the rather interesting licensing model. personally, i don't mind DRM too much, it is certainly not appropriate for all things i want to do (and for content i really want to keep), but for short-lived content such as periodicals and paperback-style books, i think it is acceptable.