Because it is flammable

More news on The Kindle, Amazon's anticipated competitor to the Sony Reader. I am interested in e-books and e-paper, and Amazon providing an iTunes-esque book store just makes sense. Also, Sony's addiction to proprietary formats and debilitating NIH syndrome makes me puke a little in my mouth.

There is speculation on why The Kindle sports an EVDO interface. Seems pretty worthless, some say. Why not 802.11, others inquire. My hypothesis is that Amazon is going to partner with Verizon or, less likely, Sprint to roll out a mobile marketplace for purchasing books and other media in tandem with The Kindle's launch.

As my nightstand topples over with books, I hope we find out soon.

(Speaking of books: Linux System Programming is in stores later this month and worth its weight in industrial-grade shoes.)