Amazon's tightly closed Kindle ecosystem doesn't offer customers an App Store like Apple does with the iPhone. That doesn't matter though because the idea I have in mind would reside on your computer, not the Kindle...
How many emails like this do you get each week?: "You need to read this article over on so-and-so.com. I just read it and thought it was terrific/funny/relevant/etc." I get these all the time. Sometimes I click the link and read the first sentence or two. If it's good and I don't have time to read it all now I'll leave that browser tab open and hope I don't forget about it, but I often do. If the article looks really good and I don't want to miss it I might even print it out and read it later. None of these approaches are very effective though, especially when I also have a $360 Kindle at my disposal.
OK, if you're a glutton for punishment you'll try to access all those articles on your Kindle via Whispernet. Good luck with that. Even if you manage to get the page loaded you'll find the formatting and readability is awful in most cases. And what if you're out of Whispernet range, say, on a plane?
Someone needs to write a desktop application that lets me grab a url and drag it to my Kindle, which is connected to my Mac via USB. The app has to do more than just drag the web page to the Kindle though; it needs to convert the contents of that page to mobi format so that it looks nice and clean on the Kindle display.
I'd use this app every day and I'd be more than happy to pay for it. Let's not stop there though... Think of the dynamic advertising income opportunity a developer could create with this. During the conversion process, the app would also apply Google AdSense-type logic to the contents and serve up relevant ads in each piece.
The beauty of this is you don't have to work within the confines of that closed Kindle system Amazon has built. You're just pulling content off a website and converting the HTML into mobi files (plus the advertising component, if you want).
Does this tool already exist and I've somehow overlooked it? If so, where is it? If not, how soon can someone write it?!
P.S. -- I'll ask the question once again: Why isn't Amazon building this sort of thing?