Amazon Scores Huge Coup; Procures Rights To Entire James Bond Series
Amazon has been working double-time to establish itself as a publisher, and they just scored a major victory: a ten-year agreement for North American print and eBook rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond series.
The books will start hitting this summer from Thomas & Mercer, Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint. Fleming wrote 12 novels and two collections of short stories featuring the suave British spy.
The deal was negotiated by the Curtis Brown literary agency, which represents Fleming's books. Two of the author's nonfiction books--Thrilling Cities and The Diamond Smugglers--are also included in the deal.
This is a humongous win for Amazon, given the high profile of the character and the books, and the fact that the movie series continues to chug along. No word on what they paid for the rights to the books, but I'm sure it was something along the line of: A whole lot.
This shouldn't have any bearing on last week's news, that HarperCollins had tapped a new author to take the reigns of the franchise.
Amazon as a publisher. What do you folks think about that? Are they amassing too much power? Or is it the next logical step?
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