Amazon Should Launch a Desktop Kindle

Amazon recently launched an iPhone Kindle application that allows you to read your purchased books on the iPhone.  In fact, you don't even need to have a Kindle to use it.  It seems to me that the next step would be to launch a desktop or web based Kindle interface.  I can think of a lot more use cases where people would want to have access to their Kindle purchases from a computer when they might not have their Kindle available.

In other Kindle speculation, Tim O'Reilly mentioned the idea of marrying the Kindle with O'Reilly Media's Safari book subscription service.  I think this is a great idea.  In fact, it's such a great idea that if they do it I may buy a Kindle.

Call me old fashioned, but I don't really love the idea of buying digital copies of novels, biographies, etc.  I really enjoy having a printed book.  I think a better model would be a "dual use sale".  If I cold buy a physical book on Amazon and pay a small charge, perhaps $2, to also have it available immediately on the Kindle that would interest me.  I still want to have the physical book and I'm not interested in purchasing the content twice for different formats.

Barring a business model change in the publishing world that would facilitate that, I would love to have a Kindle for reading technical material.  Books, journals, conference proceedings, etc.  If Amazon can get the PDF support on the Kindle to the point where a PDF technical document looks as good as their proprietary e-books, I would buy one.

Having Kindle access to the Safari library would be similarly appealing.  So much so that I expect I would buy a Kindle and subscribe to Safari if that integration were available.