FYI, the FCC photo's are a prototype of the Kindle. The ugly finish and putty color is a function of the plastic used to prototype the product enclosure. This allows them to make minor changes in the shape up until the production run. The final product will look quite different from these photographs.
The main issue for me is incompatible DRM between Sony, Amazon, Panasonic et al. My paper library doesn't suffer from this problem. Committing to one ebook DRM system now means you cannot easily switch in the future. It's difficult to understand why the vendors will not promote a common DRM standard in the same way they did for DVD's. The chances of creating a proprietary iPod like system for ebooks is slim.
The comments about e-ink rights and patents don't make any sense to me. Why wouldn't PVI sell e-ink display components to all parties?