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Mar 14, 2013 @ 12:47:00 am

Barbara Kingsolver, one of the finalists for the Women's Prize for Fiction

The longlist for the Women’s Fiction Prize (formerly the Orange Fiction Prize) was released this week, and Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, Sheila Heti, and Barbara Kingsolver are contenders for the $45,000 prize. The winner will be announced in June.

Given how many enemies Amazon has, why does it now have the best reputation of any U.S. company?

News Corp says that it’s going to pump $2.6 billion into its new publishing arm, which includes more than 170 newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, so that it is debt-free when it separates from the company's more lucrative cable networks this summer.

A senior acquisitions editor at the University of Minnesota Press explains the competing interests of a university press—such as profits, scholarly merit and intellectual interest—and how they end up choosing the books they publish.

As far as list linkbait goes, this one is pretty good: Flavorwire on “Ten Women Who Should be Writing for Harper’s.”

Random House has changed controversial contract terms for three of its digital-only imprints after writers reacted against them. Among the major tweaks is the definition of what it means to be "out of print: in the digital age: According to the new terms, "if sales fall below 300 copies over the 12 months preceding the demand," the author can demand that the rights be returned to them.