gizmodo reports that the amazon kindle will be released next week (11/19 is what various sites are reporting now), but i am still skeptic about that. if this is true, i just hope that the picture on the gizmodo site is not the real product. it does not look like something people would want to have, but it probably is some photoshopped picture assembled from the early FCC information that was available a long time ago.
since the kindle is yet another e-book device mainly built for selling e-books, it will probably not be very attractive for open publishing. its EVDO capabilities are interesting, but probably limited to accessing amazon's book store (hopefully not quite as inconvenient as Sony's badly designed CONNECT Reader software).
however, the kindle does have a web browser, and it will be interesting to see how well it works. the kindle has an electronic ink display, which presents some challenges to common browser features (such as scrolling). the latest reports also say it will have e-mail, which because of its interactivity is maybe even more challenging for e-ink displays.
i am still curious to see a really good way for publishing interactive paged content using purely declarative web technologies (i.e., no scripting required), and maybe the kindle will provide an interesting platform for some experimentation. it will be the first e-ink device featuring a web browser, if all rumors turn out to be true...