Just a month after announcing an exclusive tie-up with Amazon’s Kindle store for 20 titles the Wylie Agency has ceded publishing rights to 13 of the titles to Random House after the publisher disputed Wylie and Amazon’s right to sell the books.
Last month Wylie and Amazon announced the online retail giant would be the exclusive retailer for a number of the “most influential authors” after signing a deal to sell 20 books published by the Wylie’s new Odyssey Editions imprint.
Random House disputed the agency’s right to enter into a deal for titles it had previously published and suspended dealings with the agency.
In a joint statement the two firms have announced they had settled the dispute over the books and the Bertelsmann-owned Random House has now said it will make the titles available to “all” eBook retailers, ending Amazon’s status as the exclusive seller of the books.
The development leaves Kindle with exclusive rights over just 7 of the original 20 titles.