Durham to leave Amazon Publishing in the US

Durham to leave Amazon Publishing in the US

Amazon Publishing's Daphne Durham is leaving the company after a year in the role.

Durham has been publisher of adult trade and children's at Amazon Publishing in the US since succeeding Larry Kirshbaum at the end of 2013. She was previously editor-in-chief, and has worked at Amazon for 15 years.

Publishers Weekly reported that Durham will be succeeded by Amazon Publishing's current head of global marketing, Mikyla Bruder, who will assume publisher duties for the imprints Thomas & Mercer, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, Lake Union, 47North and Jet City Comics, based from Amazon's Seattle offices. David Blum will become publisher and editor-in-chief of the Little A and Two Lions imprints.

The news comes as workers at an Amazon warehouse in the US have lost their court case to be paid for their time spent waiting in line for security checks before and after their shifts.

Workers at the Nevada warehouse, employed by contractor Integrity Staffing Solutions and not by Amazon, claimed they had to wait up to 25 minutes for mandatory security checks, but were not compensated for this time. The US Supreme Court has now rejected their claim in a unanimous decision.

An earlier ruling by the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled they should be compensated, because the screenings were for the employer's benefit and were thus part of the worker's jobs.