Amazon acquires US rights to Fleming's Bond books

Amazon acquires US rights to Fleming's Bond books

Amazon Publishing has bought a 10-year license for North American rights to the entire series of Ian Fleming's James Bond books in both print and e-book form. The deal was done with Fleming's family company Ian Fleming Publications Ltd via Jonny Geller, managing director at Curtis Brown.

All the Bond titles will be reissued by Amazon Publishing's Thomas & Mercer imprint from the summer.

Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, said: "We believe that Amazon Publishing has the ability to place the books back at the heart of the Bond brand, balancing traditional publishing routes with new technologies and new ways of reaching our readers." Geller said the deal "heralds a new phase in Ian Fleming's publishing story".

Two works of Fleming non-fiction, the travel writing collection Thrilling Cities and an exposé of the illegal precious stones trade The Diamond Smugglers, are also included in the agreement.

Vintage Books last month acquired a new 10-year license to publish the Bond novels in the English language outside of North America, in print and digital form. Print rights were previously with Penguin, while Ian Fleming Publications released the e-books itself in late 2010.