Amazon Names Former Press Sec. Jay Carney As SVP

Amazon appointed former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney as senior vice president of worldwide corporate affairs. He will assume his position at the e-commerce giant on Monday, according to report from Politico.

Carney will supervise Amazon.com’s PR & public policy

Amazon created the position for Carney to supervise its worldwide public relations and public policy shops under one department. He will directly report to CEO Jeff Bezos.

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In his position, Carney will be working from the headquarters of the e-commerce giant. He will also perform some of his responsibilities from the company’s office in Washington D.C.

Paul Misener, chief of the lobbying efforts of Amazon.com in D.C. and Craig Berman, PR chief will report to Carney. Before joining the e-commerce giant, Carney serves as senior political analyst at CNN—a position he assumed after his job at the White House. Carney served as press secretary for the Obama administration for three years.

Amazon.com to publish Kindle Scout selected books

Earlier this week, Amazon.com announced its decision to publish 10 books selected by Kindle Scout, reader-powered publishing platform for new, never-before-published books.

According to the e-commerce giant, it will release the books on March 3. Customers will now be able to pre-order the books. Amazon.com said Kindle Scout is now accepting manuscripts on Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery/Thriller and Science Fiction.

Dina Hilal, general manager of Kindle Scout at Amazon.com said, “Since we opened our doors we’ve been busy weighing the feedback of over 29,000 enthusiastic Scouts who have nominated the books they want to read next. These first 10 titles signal a new option for authors, who can choose to have their books discovered and supported by Amazon customers even before they are published.”

The first ten books that will be released on March 3 include:

  • G-1 by Rigel Carson – Science Fiction
  • A Highland Knight’s Desire by Amy Jarecki – Romance
  • Eddie & Sunny by Stacey Cochran – Mystery/Romance
  • A. Sniper by Steve Gannon – Thriller
  • Pit Bulls vs. Aliens by Neal Wooten – Science Fiction
  • Royal Date by Sariah Wilson – Romance
  • Running from the Past by Alan Orloff – Thriller
  • The Game Master by William Bernhardt – Thriller
  • The Omega Connection by Allan Leverone – Thriller
  • Unpaved Surfaces by Joseph Souza – Mystery