Time Inc. is still in contraction mode as it right-sizes its fleet of publications to fit the digital landscape.

The New York-based publisher has targeted its books division, cutting 15 staffers, mainly on the edit side, WWD has learned.

The layoffs, which took place this week, equally impacted the New York  and Birmingham, Ala., offices, which in total had employed roughly 80 people, insiders indicated. Managing editor Matt DeMazza was among the higher ranking editors who were let go.

Time Inc. confirmed the layoffs but declined to provide further detail.

“Sadly, we have had to reduce headcount,” a Time Inc. spokeswoman said. “This is very painful, but these eliminations were a necessary part of restructuring our business. We will not confirm any numbers.”

The company, which rebranded its book and bookazine publishing arm last month from “Time Home Entertainment” to “Time Inc. Books,” has seen its fair share of new faces in recent months. In the fall, Margot Schupf was promoted to publisher, after Jim Childs left to become publisher of rival Rowman & Littlefield, for example.

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