Today Amazon’s discounting every James Bond ebook in their Kindle Store.
Casino Royale, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and more — each of 14 original original James Bond novels — are all priced today at just $1.99! They’ve even discounted Ian Fleming’s final collection of Bond stories, published posthumously (which includes “The Living Daylights”).
It’s a special version of Amazon’s “Daily Deal”, where they highlight one set of books with a special price for just 24 hours. Amazon may be trying to catch the attention of book buyers who received their first Kindle for Christmas. It’s nice to see new audiences returning for the classic Cold War super spy. The first James Bond book was published more than 60 years ago — and it was 50 years ago the first James Bond movie was released!
But now the famous secret agent has found his way into the world of ebooks. In 2012 Amazon announced a 10-year license for the every one of Ian Fleming’s “James Bond” books for North America — both in print and as Kindle ebooks. “We believe that Amazon Publishing has the ability to place the books back at the heart of the Bond brand…” announced the managing director of Ian Fleming Publications, Ltd., praising Amazon for ” balancing traditional publishing routes with new technologies and new ways of reaching our readers.” They seemed intrigued by the reach of the Kindle, and the possibility that it could open up an entirely new market. “We are excited to be using the opportunity of this re-license to introduce Ian Fleming’s books to a broader audience in the USA.”
Amazon noted that the books have already sold more than 100 million copies — and that the James Bond series of films is “the world’s longest-running film franchise.” But more importantly, “We are devoted fans of Fleming’s Bond novels here at Amazon Publishing,” noted business development director Philip Patrick. In a statement, he said that Amazon’s book-publishing arm could offer famous authors “a new life for great backlist titles” (adding that Ian Fleming was “the perfect fit.”) So how does it feel to be keeping Ian Fleming’s books alive on one of Amazon’s own publishing imprints?
Here’s a list of all the James Bond titles which will be available as Kindle ebooks.
Casino Royale (1953)
Live and Let Die (1954
Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
From Russia with Love (1957)
Dr. No (1958)
For your Eyes Only (1960)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)
You Only Live Twice (1964)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1965)
The Living Daylights (1966)
In addition, Amazon’s also publishing two interesting non-fiction books written by Ian Fleming — The Diamond Smugglers, a true-crime story from 1957 analyzing the illegal trade in precious stones, plus Thrilling Cities, a 1963 collection of travel stories.