Ebook readers have extremely high contrast/readability and are extremely energy-efficient, being able to display several thousand pages of material without needing to recharge. eBooks are a narrow product, but they have their own ways in which PMPs cannot compete.
The Kindle has many flaws, but it does allow you to read a few different non-DRM formats.
We've known for some time already that Amazon's AZW files are actually Mobi files, but Amazon didn't share Kindle's Mobi PID which would allow one to buy encrypted Mobi books for Kindle.
Granted the PDF converter seems to have some trouble with graphics PDF's, but for books the converter works very well.
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