*sigh* Thanks for the heads-up on the "ignore" option. Didn't think I'd need it on this forum, but after reading this thread I paid it a visit.
And I too think the Kindle proto shown in the OP is ugly. The white plastic and large button layout looks kind of cheezy imo.
If Amazon has the manufacturing facilities lined up, I still think they could try to hit the market for the holiday season this year. It would be a nice "latest thing" gift option for bookworm friends from a familiar brand name in books.
Just mho, in case anyone wants to flame me.