And that's sad, because I don't ask for much!
Now, as usual I may be a bit eccentric in that my favourite format for ebooks is TXT files. They are easy to manage, you can read them on anything, and they are gorgeous to look at if you use Palm Fiction, the best etext reader by far for any platform I've seen.
Now, what do I want?
A display that doesn't take a second to refresh
One week of battery life
A way to put a bazillion texts in it using some sort of card (I have about 3500 books in zTXT format in a memory stick right now)
Light (below 300 grams)
That's all. OK, I also want it to be cheap and at least open-ish, since I would prefer to be able to write apps for it, but that's secondary (I never wrote a Palm app anyway).
And sadly, the Kindle fails in:
Not cheap enough ($400????) Plus a subscription for most useful stuff??
Not fast enough refreshing the screen, according to the demo video. And even if you can live with the slowness (I probably could) it flashes in an incredibly annoying way.
Not open enough (they charge you to upload files to it by email?)
It's incredibly ugly. It looks like a gadget from Star Trek: TOS. That's seriously not good. I know that was not a requirement, but baby jebus cried a little when he saw it.
Of course the e-Ink display looks great as usual, and the battery life is excelent, and we are getting closer to a decent product, but not there yet :-(