Publishing Executive Larry Kirshbaum to Leave Amazon

One of Amazon.com Inc.’s top book-publishing executives, Laurence Kirshbaum, will leave early next year, Amazon said, a sign of the difficulties the retailer has had in establishing itself as a major book publisher.

Mr. Kirshbaum, 69, has been with Amazon since the summer of 2011, initially as vice president and publisher of Amazon Publishing’s New York office and later as editorial director for imprints on both the east and west coasts. He earlier ran the book operations formerly owned by Time Warner Inc.

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