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This really is an amazing opportunity for Amazon.

If they were to drop DRM and allow third party applications on the Kindle, they could blow Apple out of the water.




I doubt it -- the display prevents the platform from accommodating any kind of meaningful application ecosystem. An "open" Kindle would basically be a Palm III with a chiclet keyboard and a bigger/clearer screen. I would have wet my pants for that ten years ago, but who on earth would want one today?

(You wouldn't even get API access to the network connection; Whispernet is only financially viable because the apps on the shipping devices are incapable of consuming any meaningful amount of bandwidth.)

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They are releasing an SDK soon. It remains to be seen how successful or popular it will be. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&docId=100...

One of the biggest issues with it is that you have to figure out a way to get users to pay for their own bandwidth - this issue doesn't surface on other devices.

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