Well, the Amazon Kindle ebook reader was rumoured to be launched on 19th November, but neither the Amazon UK or US websites seem to have heard it it yet. I was getting excited… until I saw the images of it…

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Yuk. It looks like a naff BT telephone answering-machine from circa 1979. Let’s hope the delay is being caused by a complete re-design of the product shell. Or maybe it’s just a joke ‘decoy design’ to prevent Chinese copycats from making clones before launch?

The chosen font is almost as naff, though…

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I’m starting to think it’s a giant Woz-like spoof on the popular notion of of an ebook, including the huge price. For $500 I want something sleeker, sexier, and preferably with a cover bound in leather. And no DRM.