Amazon can do a lot of money only from selling kindle, like Apple does with the iPod.
The Kindle has many flaws, but it does allow you to read a few different non-DRM formats.
A cheap casioppeia allows me to read ebooks around 2001.
The hack allow ENCRYPTED Mobi files to be read on the Kindle. So you can buy a DRM-protected mobi book and read it on Kindle.
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