The entire eBook industry is up in arms about the Kindle 2’s ability to read books aloud with a built-in text-to-speech system. The Authors Guild says it’s a violation of audiobook copyrights. Techdirt says that’s pure legal poppycock. CrunchGear just has gadget-love for the the new Kindle, and lists 10 reasons for and against buying a Kindle 2. Lost in all the furor, however, is the real reason to buy a Kindle 2 — one that xkcd and sci-fi fans know quite well.

(Hat tip to SF Signal for some sources.)