Larry pointed out this morning in his post that Amazon is opening up the Kindle for application development and I wanted to chime in with my thoughts since I am a huge ebook reader fan. The geek in me likes to see new devices through in everything, but the kitchen sink. However, as I have stated before I want my ebook experience to be void of distractions so I can just read my book. My primary reason for carrying an ebook reader over a regular book is the convenience of carrying many titles in a small form factor and buying books for less than hardback prices. While my B&N nook has multiple connectivity support I only like and need this to help get content onto the device. After that, I want an isolated book experience where I can sit on the couch and read for an hour or two without being bothered.
Amazon's ideas for this application platform include travel books, cookbooks, and word games and puzzles. I would rather see Amazon focus on opening up the Kindle to standard formats (EPUB and Adobe Digital Editions) like the rest of the ebook reader world so you can load up local library content or ebooks purchased through various other outlets. One reason I love my nook is that it has support for multiple content sources, most of who send me discount coupon codes every couple of weeks so that I rarely pay full price for a book. I believe content is king in the ebook world and not applications, web browsing, RSS, and all these other services that are much better supported on a notebook or smartphone.