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Amazon NYC Publishing Head Plans to Depart

Amazon's first head of New York Publishing office, Larry Kirshbaum, is going to leave his position on January 17, 2014. Barnes & Noble, lack of famous authors or some other things can be the reasons behind his departure.

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Amazon NYC Publishing Head Plans to Depart

Amazon starts its publishing office in New York two years before in May 2001. Amazon then announced during BookExpo America event that is had hired Book industry vet Larry Kirshbaum as head of New York City publishing division. 

But on Friday, Larry Kirshbaum announced that he is leaving Amazon. The publishing industry newsletter Shelf Awareness first reported this news on Friday that Amazon NYC publishing head is going to depart. The Amazon spokeswoman, Sarah Gelman, later on confirmed this news in an e-mailed statement

Sarah states, “We can confirm that Larry Kirshbaum is leaving Amazon on January 17. Larry joined us two and a half years ago and has been instrumental in launching our New York office, including our New Harvest partnership, and establishing our children’s book business. We’re sorry to see him go, and wish him the best of luck as he returns to life as a literary agent.”

Is Barnes & Noble (BKS) the reason behind Kirshbaum departure? As this big book chain had refused to stock Amazon’s books. And to make the books popular, Amazon need physical store. Second reason can be that there are no such famous authors on Amazon list. Just few are there and they cannot even see some significant success like actor Penny Marshall and self-help guru Timothy Ferriss. And then some personal issues like a sexual harassment case can be the other reason to leave Amazon.

Whatever the reason behind Kirshbaum departure, we can simply say that his hiring does not work. "Kirshbaum’s role was to hire big-name authors and to allow Amazon to experiment with their books—try different formats, set different prices on the Kindle," according to Businessweek . But he failed to achieve his goals and decided to leave Amazon. 

But this does not mean that Amazon is going to scale back its New York office publishing operations. Instead, the giant retailer shows intention to grow and expand its publishing business in New York City.

 

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