(AP) Larry Kirshbaum, a high-profile publishing executive who helped Amazon grow its book publishing business in New York, is leaving the company on Jan. 17.
Amazon spokeswoman Sarah Gelman confirmed the departure on Friday, saying the company is sorry to see him go. Kirshbaum, who joined Amazon in 2011, is going back to being a literary agent.
Gelman said Amazon's New York publishing office will continue to expand as the Seattle-based online retailer's overall publishing business grows. It also plans to launch new imprints soon.