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New York – Larry Kirshbaum, a publishing industry executive who joined Amazon.com’s New York-based publishing unit in 2011, is reportedly leaving the company to become a literary agent. According to the Associated Press, Kirshbaum, who formerly was in charge of the Time Warner Book Group will officially leave his position in January 2014.
The Associated Press quoted an Amazon.com spokesperson as saying the company will continue efforts to grow its New York publishing office and create new publishing imprints. Barnes & Noble, among other major competing booksellers, does not stock books published by Amazon.com, which reportedly impeded Kirshbaum’s ability to sign authors.