Barnes & Noble’s refusal to carry Amazon’s print titles may have caused the internet publisher to set its sights on Europe. Yesterday, Amazon’s Publishing VP Jeff Belle explained Amazon’s expansion plans in a letter (excerpted below; hyperlinks are mine) to literary agents:
Vicky Griffith, who as Publisher of our West Coast Group, has been instrumental in launching our US business, will be relocating from Seattle after the New Year to help support this effort. We will begin staffing a team of editors and marketers, and ensure we are expanding the English language audience for our authors, with a focus on our English language bookstores on amazon.co.uk, amazon.de, amazon.fr,amazon.it and amazon.es.
As Vicky hops the pond, we will make a few organizational changes in the US, centralizing key functions and positioning us for continued growth. Larry Kirshbaum, Publisher of our East Coast Group, will now assume editorial leadership for our Seattle and New York adult imprints, as well as Amazon Children’s Publishing. Daphne Durham will step into the role of Editor-in-Chief across all of our adult imprints, reporting to Larry. Amazon veteran Amy Bates will oversee Operations across our entire publishing business. West Coast Marketing chief Mikyla Bruder will oversee our global marketing efforts across all imprints. Philip Patrick, who has been leading our rights and licensing team, will now lead our larger business development, rights and sales teams across all imprints. And another long-time Amazon veteran, Brooke Gilbert, will continue to lead our dedicated Author Services team.
We remain determined to invent ways to help authors reach more readers.
Read the full letter on PaidContent.org.