05/24/2011 08:55 am ET | Updated Jul 24, 2011

Amazon Hires Kirshbaum: Will Aggressive Move Into Publishing Cast A Pall Over The Competition?

Responses to's hire of Laurence Kirshbaum as publisher have varied from worried to fear of a "dampening" effect on competition among delegates at the BEA conference.
Word that started to spread Sunday night was confirmed first thing Monday morning with the announcement that Kirshbaum, former TimeWarner c.e.o.-turned-agent, would be heading up Amazon's publishing operation in New York.

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