Bond sidesteps Penguin…

No, not a Daniel Craig manoeuvre in the latest 007 flick. Just news that the estate of Ian Fleming is self-publishing the electronic versions of the James Bond catalog. From the Telegraph in the UK:

The deal has come about because Penguin did not own the digital rights to the Bond novels – a concept that was never considered when Ian Fleming was writing.

It’s not the only example:

Earlier this year Booker winner Ian McEwan signed an exclusive deal through Amazon.com for the digital rights to his back catalogue, while in the US one literary agent has attempted to set up his own digital publishing business for those authors, including Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie, whose digital rights were unassigned.

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