Think about waiting somewhere in the middle of the day, or perhaps in an airport while you're traveling, and having immediate access to 100,000 books and hundreds of newspapers and periodicals from this pad in your hand.
Kindles can read a variety of non-proprietary, non-DRM'ed formats. They read TXT, HTML, JPEG, and non-DRM Mobi files directly.
Plenty of free e-books in Mobipocket format show up fine on Kindle.
The Kindle has many flaws, but it does allow you to read a few different non-DRM formats.
A revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, newspapers, magazines and blogs to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.