Further cementing their position as a publisher, Amazon announced today that they secured a ten-year print and eBook license to publish Ian Fleming’s James Bond series in North America.
Starting this summer, Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer imprint will re-release the classic spy series.
Curtis Brown managing director Jonny Geller negotiated the deal. Amazon has also acquired the rights to two nonfiction books written by Fleming: Thrilling Cities and The Diamond Smugglers. Geller had this comment in the release: “This deal heralds a new phase in Ian Fleming’s publishing story. We are excited to be working with Amazon in North America to bring a new generation of readers to Ian Fleming’s classic novels.”
Last year, the Thomas & Mercer imprint announced that acquired the rights to 47 books by the late crime writer Ed McBain.
What is interesting here is the fact that the Ian Fleming Foundation believes Amazon is a better partner for the franchise than the traditional book publisher. Amazon clearly has a monster distribution pipe, and lots of eyeballs. They can reach a lot of people. Many more in fact than any traditional book publisher. For those of us who are familiar with the state of the publishing industry, this isn’t so much of a shock. It is just surprising that an established brand like Fleming would decide that now is the time to make the move. One has to assume the foundation is run by Old Skool types, but hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe a tech savvy twenty something is running the shots at James Bond central? I’m sure the backstory is fascinating.
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