An amusing post (and reader comments) at Sean Lindsey's blog, 101 Reasons to Stop Writing:
Pundits have been predicting for years that ebooks and ebook devices will eventually, finally, once and for all free us from the tyranny of having to carry around more than one book when we travel. This neotopian vision of a paperless, rights-managed future took one giant stumble forward last week with the launch of the Amazon Kindle ebook reader.
For those of you who think that books made of wood just aren’t portable enough, and want a book that you can’t loan to a friend, will be utterly ruined if you drop it in the bath, and looks like it was made by the props department from Space: 1999, then perhaps the Kindle is for you.
Whither the name ‘Kindle’, I’m not sure, but I think any word that connotes ‘burning’ probably shouldn’t be part of a book product promotion (unless you’re promoting International Slushpile Bonfire Day).
Link: Where's The Fire?
Mildly creepy Jeff Bezos interview with Charlie Rose, in which he explains the name Kindle and predicts the return of the serial novel in electronic format: Bezos predicts demise of books, return of Charles Dickens (Valleywag).