169ppi, which ought to look nice for its size. The device contains 8GB of memory, Wifi connectivity, and surfs the Internet via the Amazon Silk browser, which utilizes server-size processing ("splt architecture") to serve up web pages. It even has Flash compatibility, along with a host of other file formats like DOC, AAC audio, MP3, WAV, MP4 and the Kindle book format (AZW/mobi).

Where the device falls short is the lack of ePub support, which has basically become the de facto digital book standard by Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Cengage, Random House and a long list of others. This certainly can't be an oversight, but a deliberate choice on Amazon's part to prefer their own format over an open standard accepted by literally everyone else in the industry. Our inside sources say it's actually DOES support ePub 3, but Amazon has left that out of their device specification information and the proof will be on November 15 when the device starts to ship.

Unfortunately, the average consumer doesn't think about open standards when it's time to pull out their credit card. And at a very attractive MSRP of $199, Amazon will likely have a lot of takers (estimates project that Amazon is taking a $50 loss on each device). So this will probably be a hot device around the holidays.