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Amazon.com hires Larry Kirshbaum

Amazon.com has hired publishing big hitter Laurence Kirshbaum to run its New York Publishing office.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal the former c.e.o. of the Time-Warner Book Group and more recently a literary agent, has accepted the role of publisher for Amazon's New York publishing office, and will start on 5th July. Publishers Marketplace reported that Amazon announced the move to a group of agents Sunday night. Reporting to Amazon's Jeff Belle, the piece says that Kirshbaum is charged with building "something that will look like a general trade publisher", with "a specific focus on non-fiction, but also literary fiction".

Amazon has recently launched two publishing imprints, and Kirshbaum's plan is to found new imprints under the Amazon Publishing umbrella, with a focus on acquiring high quality books in literary and commercial fiction, business and general non-fiction. Kirshbaum will also assemble an editorial team to work with him.

Megan Thompson and Susanna Einstein will now run Kirshbaum's literary agency.  Kirshbaum founded the agency in 2005 after stepping down from Time Warner.
 

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The conglomerates can point their guns at agents for having the temerity to 'compete' as much as they like - this is the competition they need to worry about.

Wow, original publishing with a real publisher,of [E] books by the retailer of Kindle , and with all distribution in place and running . Brilliant , vertical model, not really been in place since Collins owned Hatchards [!!] -

Fantastic. Time for e-book publishing to step up, and Amazon might just be able to drag the 'traditional' lot out of the stone ages by pushing ahead. All to the good for the reading public, and for authors who have the sense to go along with it.

Well, well, what a surprise. Amazon is becoming a publisher, which is completely in line with their strategy of owning as much of the book suppy chain as possible. They have been steadily doing this for years. Publishers really do have some serious competition now.

Wonderful! I hope Amazon makes their ebooks available to all geographic regions, for reasonable prices, and lendable, while giving authors better royalties, too. Someone needs to take on the collusion of the Big 6, and I hope Amazon can be the one to do it.