If you read some of the Kindle discussion groups, you'll see people complaining about "no backlighting", and then a few days/weeks later they will be lauding the fact that it has no backlighting.
Granted the PDF converter seems to have some trouble with graphics PDF's, but for books the converter works very well.
The Kindle supports Mobipocket files directly. You don't need to write a script to do that.
The Kindle has many flaws, but it does allow you to read a few different non-DRM formats.
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