Amazon's editorial head, Larry Kirshbaum, leaving; company scales back publishing business

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Amazon's editorial head, Larry Kirshbaum, leaving; company scales back publishing business

Oct 25 2013

Larry Kirshbaum, editorial head of Amazon's New York and Seattle adult imprints and children's publishing, is leaving the company early next year. In connection with his departure, the most ambitious part of Amazon's publishing operations will be scaled back. Already several editorial people have left or been let go, and Amazon has not been a factor in bidding on major books the way it had been just two years ago. Amazon will continue with its more specialized publishing imprints, such as Thomas & Mercer, which publishes mysteries and thrillers, the sci-fi and fantasy imprint 47North and Montlake Romance.

Update 10/28: Amazon editor-in-chief of adult trade publishing Daphne Durham, has been promoted to publisher of the adult trade and children’s businesses. A spokesperson for Amazon Publishing says that the New York office will continue to expand and that it will soon announce that launch of new imprints.

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