Originally Posted by HarryT
Anyone can sell Mobi format books (eg Baen do). What you can't do, though, is licence Amazon's DRM. If you want Amazon DRM, you have to sell through Amazon.
Pretty much. However...
A while back Bezos stated that they were in fact willing to license their DRM. With the caveat that it required licensing and *providing* whispersync because the two are tied at the authentication level.
At that point, it becomes meaningless since the "clone" device becomes an Actual Kindle (tied to Amazon) and any competing store would be just a more expensive way to reach the exact same customers that Amazon serves.
It's a difference that makes no difference--except in antitrust court.
And yes, anybody call sell DRM-free ebooks to Kindle owners--not just Amazon. No license need for the reverse-engineered mobi7 format. Probably not for KF8 either.
Let's face it, anybody selling DRM-free ebooks is doing Amazon a favor by adding value to the ecosystem. They don't mind that.