Amazon wants the Kindle to be more or less omnipresent; it’s supposed to replace books, after all. The Kindle appears to be a great target for developers, then, and starting soon, a new Kindle Development Kit will let the tinkering commence.
Look for a limited beta to begin next month (register here if you want to learn more about it at or actually participate). Amazon explained, “Participants in the limited beta will be able to download the Kindle Development Kit, access developer support, test content on Kindle, and submit finished content.”
Also, according to Amazon, “The Kindle Development Kit includes sample code, documentation, and the Kindle Simulator, which helps developers build and test their content by simulating the 6-inch Kindle and 9.7-inch Kindle DX on Mac, PC, and Linux desktops.”
Depending how popular this Kindle becomes, this could be huge. Unless you for some reason absolutely hate the device, the Kindle Development Kit is probably worth looking into.