Amazon.com, Inc. and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd today announced that Amazon Publishing has acquired a ten-year license for North American rights to the entire list of James Bond books by Ian Fleming in print and ebook.
So does this mean you won’t be able to buy even the print edition of these books in the U.S. from anyone other than Amazon? Sure hope Amazon does a better job with the cover designs than they’ve done with the current Kindle editions.
Amazon as a publisher of an essential monopoly could essentially destroy any competitors. I expect this sort of behavior to get some interest from government lawyers, although I also expect little to be done.
All the DOJ lawyers and state AGs seem to feel that it is okay if Amazon kills all its competitors, including brick and mortar book stores and the publishers that provide the books.
And then Amazon can call all the shots, providing cheap books to customers while shafting authors since they will have no other outlet.
One simple way to stop this. Get rid of DRM in books. Amazon will never let that happen as DRM is what makes the kindle even possible.