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Rick Horgan will join Scribner on August 25 as executive editor, where he will acquire and edit nonfiction, including politics, sports, current events, biographies, business, memoir, and thought leader books, as well as commercial fiction. Horgan was most recently vp, executive editor at the Crown Publishing Group, where he spent the past 10 years, until their reorganization in May.

We made a mistake yesterday; our coverage of Tim Whiting's promotion to head a combined Piatkus Constable & Robinson group at Little Brown UK in places incorrectly said "Quercus" instead of Piatkus.

German minister for culture and media Monika Gruetters said in a statement that she "welcomes and supports" the campaign by authors asking Amazon not to punish them and their books in the ongoing dispute over ebook terms with Bonnier. "If titles are removed from recommendation lists and deliveries are delayed to enforce discount demands from publishers, this is totally unacceptable," Gruetters wrote. She also wrote, "Market power and domination over central distribution channels should not endanger our cultural diversity." It's not clear from the AFP report if Gruetters has any actual authority over the matter, however.

In late June the German Publishers and Booksellers Association filed a complaint against Amazon with the Federal Cartel Office, accusing the company of violating antitrust laws and asking for an investigation into negotiations with book publishers.