Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
You miss the point:
1) Amazon is interested in selling content and access to their store.
2) The Fire is a loss-leader to accomplish the above.
3) If purchasing WebOS could deliver 1) above -- there is no need for 2).
4) If they desire, Amazon could upgrade the Fire to use WebOS
Most likely, Amazon will encourage phone and tablet manufactures to offer a WebOS based Fire equivalent.
1) Amazon can and does sell content and access to their store, now, on several platforms. That is complete.
2) Kindle Fire is selling for a loss. Amazon will need to get into software and hardware design for a new platform, and still write software for other platforms. Even more loss. Amazon will need to maintain parity with Apple, Samsung, and other tablet vendors otherwise they will have less market.
3) Amazon will cannot limit users access to content only thru Amazon itself. They will need to build for other now known and future unknown sources of information that people will demand access to. For example, Airlines, Universities, public schools, public libraries, all the above internationally.
4) Amazon will not remain the only source of online purchasing. They can't expect to hold a monopoly in this area.
5) Customers will not accept a Kindle device that restricts purchases only to Amazon.
6) Customers will not accept massive tracing of their purchases.
That is, Amazon is going to have to get into the tablet business whole-hog and for profit.