Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

05/24/2011

Amazon Moving Into New York Publishing Neighborhood…Right on ‘Print’ Street


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Amazon quit being just an e-book seller and entered into digital publishing with the creation of two digital publishing imprints: Montlake Romance for romance novels and Thomas & Mercer for mysteries and thrillers.

Now they are jumping into the role of a full throttle, traditional publisher with the opening of a New York publishing house that will publish both print and e-book formats…Seems Amazon wants to enter into the perceived world of legitimate ( I wonder how legitimate its bowels really were/are) traditional publishing, even if it’s a backward entry.

But, why would they even bother? Could be they realize print, as I have expounded on in previous posts, will never die…but in fact will experience a sort of rebirth of interest and growth when the current gadget-craze wave breaks and washes into a more natural and realistic level…the level that will be created by the true and heavy-hitter readers.

My previous post on this blog  Despite E-Book Popularity, Traditional U.S. Print Title Output Increases proved that print is, indeed, still alive…Evidenced by Bowker’s annual report on U.S. print book publishing, compiled from its Books In Print® database. 

This from Matthew Flamm of Crain’s New York Business.com

Amazon.com launching NY book publishing firm

The Internet heavyweight hires industry veteran Larry Kirshbaum to lead the unit, which will publish both print and e-books.

After having dipped one toe after another into the pool of book publishing, online retail giant Amazon.com will go all the way with the launch of a New York-based publishing house this summer. The yet-to-be-named imprint will publish in both print and e-book formats.

According to newsletter Publishers Lunch, which broke the story Monday morning, Amazon has picked industry veteran Larry Kirshbaum to head the operation. The former chairman of the Time Warner Book Group, 67-year-old Mr. Kirshbaum has been running a literary agency in recent years, but is still a high-profile figure in the industry with close relationships to many authors.

Amazon has lately been launching digital imprints for genre titles, like Montlake Romance for romance novels and Thomas & Mercer for mysteries and thrillers. But the new imprint will be a general interest trade publisher that will put out literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, according to a note Amazon Publishing Vice President Jeff Belle sent to literary agents Sunday night.

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