Installation worked perfectly for me. The only problem is that all of the text in the main application does not display (missing font?). But by clicking on random buttons, you can find books you've already bought. The text for the books displays fine, but again you can only see some fonts:
bookmark font works (you can browse bookmarks you've made)
But table of contents, searching does not work so well because their font doesn't display).
Is there a way to inspect what font/typeface the app is expecting to load?
On another note, Amazon apparently just gave me a free Kindle. Sweet. Does this mean that they actually had no intention of making money on the device itself, it was all about selling books without having to stock and ship them?
Nobody wakes up in the morning and says "You know what I need? An App Store on my machine, to help shareware developers sell more software to me!"
(P.S. It has worked wonderfully for Steam though, and wonderfully but less famously for one or two other game distribution networks like Stardock. They all give value adds for installing the "store" system -- priority distribution of games, deeply discounted games, and kinder friendlier DRM being three of the big ones.)
If developers have a good distribution system, there's greater incentive to invest more in making better software. There's a chicken-and-egg problem here since unless the platform has worthwhile programs, no one is going to install it, but Steam is one example, and Microsoft could do it themselves and that would guaranteed to be adopted, if there's no legal problems there.
Distributing free programs (How about keep my Python and Notepad++ up to date?) would be a way to bootstrap as well.
EDIT: Firefox Add-ons also looks like it's moving towards a store with donations as a preliminary trial, and remember add-ons can also be standalone applications running off of xulrunner: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=892073
I wish there was an open way to get apps on the iPhone, but I wouldn't want to App Store to go away either.
Isn't the whole point of the kindle that you can use it as a book ?
Or, the iPhone/PC/etc versions of the Kindle reader make every Kindle sold even better, giving you more reason to buy a Kindle and Kindle books. I.e. even if your kindle breaks you can still read the books you bought.