1. Omni tells us up front that he's just keeping track of the chain of custody (O 1). Did he even understand the record he was keeping? From O 2, I doubt it. This reads like a secular intrusion into a profoundly sacred book, with none of the hot buttons words or themes previous recordkeepers have touched on.
2. The series of recordkeepers that follows is interesting. They are meticulous to record that they were duly given the small plates and kept them (because they were in the family), but none sounds like a temple writer at all, or even very spiritual. None says he was a priest or talks about his ministry. Abinadom (O 11) charmingly shrugs that he doesn't know of any revelation or prophecy. I wonder if these plates were handed down within the family, but the keepers were apostate or "inactive" or just not very inspired men. I wonder if there were spiritual fireworks, but they were just going off elsewhere, outside the blood descendants of Nephi?
3. When spiritual fireworks do again enter the record, it's with some guy, apparently from another family, named Mosiah (O 12). Mosiah's in Lehi's mold, flees because he's warned in a dream, then is led by prophesying. Mosiah flees the Nephites, but he has the brass plates (O 14) -- does that mean he was connected with the royalty of the Nephites? Did he steal them, like Nephi did? If Mosiah was already a king, that might help explain his assuming kingship over the combined people of Zarahemla (O 19); he might have seemed the natural choice.
4. O 25 the small plates end on the theme of seed -- I have no more seed, so I'm handing over these plates to someone else.
5. Why does Amaron mention Zeniff's party? Is it because he had a brother among them, and that brother might have been expected to be the next record keeper, so making mention of him would legitimize the brother if the small plates came into his possession, and he started up with "Now behold, I am Bob, the brother of Amaron..." Only he never did, and the small plates were finished.
6. Amaron's farewell sounds wholly secular, and tired.