Ebook Magazine reports that Random House will republish Ian Fleming’s original James Bond books in both paper and ebook formats this year.
Under a 10-year deal with the Fleming family, Random’s Vintage Publishing imprint – a sister imprint of original Bond publisher Jonathan Cape – will assume worldwide English publishing rights (excluding the U.S. and Canada) next month and publish the books this summer.
Bond’s digital revival under the Random banner will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the appearance of the first Bond film, Dr. No, in theatres. Jonathan Cape published Casino Royale, the first in the series of 14 Bond books, in 1953.
The deal will bring Bond books to all major ebook outlets. Previous ebook versions were published by the estate and marketed through Waterstones and Amazon.