Amazon.com buys Avalon Books, romance publisher
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com said Monday that it bought Avalon Books, giving the internet retailer publication rights to more than 3,000 romance, mystery and Western titles.
Terms of the sale were undisclosed.
Seattle-based Amazon said none of Avalon’s books have appeared as digital books yet. Amazon.com Inc. will publish Avalon’s books under the West Coast imprints of Amazon Publishing, which includes 47North, Montlake Romance and Thomas & Mercer.
Avalon’s books will remain in print for bookstores and libraries.
Avalon titles include Carolyn Brown’s ‘‘Angels and Outlaws’’ series and Carolyn Hughey’s ‘‘Shut Up and Kiss Me.’’
Amazon has been buying hundreds of titles over the past year. It picked up the rights to publish the 14 original James Bond books by Ian Fleming in April and bought 450 children’s books in December.
Amazon.com shares rose 46.35, or 3.1 percent, to close at $214.57.