Originally Posted by HarryT
Amazon and Mobipocket are not "just one company"; nobody's ever claimed that they are. Amazon own MobiPocket, yes, but the two operate as completely separate companies. No "rats" involved.
I thought the poster was saying that the Kindle operation is being run like a separate, hosted company in the same way that, say, Foot Locker has a presence on Amazon. Personally, I don't see it. They've spent far too much money on infrastructure to just dump it out of hand or sell it off.
Personally, I think any aspects of the Kindle operation that seem off-kilter can be explained by Amazon trying to jockey an uncertain business venture into a success before they start taking more risks with it.