Here's a look at what they are like:
This is the old passport. Mine was from back in the year 2000.
This is the design of the new passport (obviously not mine).
And the front of the new passport book which seems to be way more rigid.
I was totally impressed, amazed at the current turn around time for a passport. Maybe I just got lucky because I actually mailed them off via Fedex Priority on Tuesday April 6th and received the passport back on Monday April 19th morning. I payed the normal fees but had to use priority service since I couldn't track my passport from Canada in any other way.
Way to go US passport office - I'm clearly impressed! My plans to travel might be closer than I had planned!