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Amazon Publishing Acquires The Saint Series by Leslie Charteris

After selling 500,000 combined copies of Ian Fleming and Ed McBain backlist, Amazon Publishing has acquired books from the Saint series by Leslie Charteris and the Mrs. Bradley series by Gladys Mitchell.

Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint will publish digital editions and print editions (“where rights permit”) later this year. Jane Gelfman from Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents negotiated the deal for 49 Saint series books. A TV pilot for the classic series about a mysterious thief is now being produced.

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Amazon VP Reveals Rare Sales Stats

Amazon Publishing VP Jeff Belle revealed some rare sales stats in an email sent to literary agents this week. PaidContent has a copy of the whole email.

Since December, Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint has sold more than 250,000 copies of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series. In addition, AmazonCrossing authors Oliver Pötzsch have both sold half a million books in their life-to-date sales with Amazon.

Here is an excerpt from the letter: “At the end of July, we released The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover. It quickly rose to the #5 spot on our Kindle bestseller list, and is already well on its way to surpassing 100,000 copies. War Brides by Helen Bryan occupied the Kindle Top 10 for most of July and August, and has now sold over 300,000 Kindle copies. We’re thrilled about our list for the rest of 2012, which includes Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels (all 14 books), as well as inaugural titles from our New York imprint, such as My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall, andThe 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss.”

Amazon to Reissue James Bond Books

Amazon has cut a deal for a ten-year print and eBook license for North American rights to Ian Fleming‘s James Bond series. Starting this summer, Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer imprint will re-release the classic spy series.

Curtis Brown managing director Jonny Geller negotiated the deal. Amazon has also acquired the rights to two nonfiction books written by Fleming:  Thrilling Cities and The Diamond Smugglers. Geller had this comment in the release: “This deal heralds a new phase in Ian Fleming’s publishing story. We are excited to be working with Amazon in North America to bring a new generation of readers to Ian Fleming’s classic novels.”

Last year, the Thomas & Mercer imprint announced that acquired the rights to 47 books by the late crime writer Ed McBain.

Amazon To Republish 47 Ed McBain Titles

Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint will release 35 titles from the late Ed McBain‘s police procedural 87th Precinct series–republishing these books in print, digital and audio formats.

The 87th Precinct reprints will begin this fall, and Thomas & Mercer will also reprint 12 titles from McBain’s Matthew Hope series next spring in a variety of formats. This is the first time books by McBain (pictured, via) have been available digitally for readers. Jane Gelfman of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents negotiated this deal for the estate of McBain (the pen name of author Evan Hunter).

Who should the company reprint next? Amazon Publishing’s rights & licensing head Philip Patrick explained: “One of the things we think Amazon Publishing can do is offer signature authors a new life for great backlist titles. Our agreement with the McBain estate is a perfect example of this approach.” (Via Sarah Weinman)