Worse than the design though, is that screen. One of the reasons ebooks have yet to take off is, they just aren’t comfortable. And I mean to read, not to hold. (Although there’s certainly nothing about the Kindle that makes you want to reach out and hold it, either.) The problem is DPI. A good book is printed at about 300 dots per inch. At that level, letters are sharp and contrasty and easy on the eyes. Kindle’s screen runs about 160 DPI — easy to read for short periods, but not good enough for a late night page turning session.
My take is, until ebooks can “print” at least 240 DPI, they’ll remain novelties.
UPDATE: I oughta start reading my own blog. Ed Christie (just below) already beat me to the Kindle pile-on.