Amazon announced that it has bought the rights to the James Bond books for both Kindle and print. Ian Fleming wrote 14 titles chronicling the adventures of secret agent 007, and Amazon now has the North American rights to the books for 10 years. The company’s Thomas & Mercer imprint will publish the titles, which will also be sold digitally in the Kindle Store.
But, as with any juicy spy story, there’s some intrigue. Although the Bond titles will be up for sale in brick-and-mortar stores run by Amazon’s competitors, they will not be available through other digital purveyors. That means no 007 in eBook formats sold in Apple’s iBooks store or for the Barnes & Noble Nook.
It’s an unusual move on Amazon’s part, but not the first time titles have been blocked from other digital platforms. A similar story surfaced last summer, with Amazon announcing the release of 32 books through any brand’s storefront but only through the Kindle Store for digital versions.