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Kris H. (KrisH) - ,
Subject: ARC
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 9:58 AM ET
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I received a book a while back from a PBS member and didn't pay close attention to it.  Now that I am going to read it I see it is stamped on the inside several times "Sample Not for Resale" and has a sticker across the barcode with the same message.  It doesn't say "Advanced Reader Copy" or "Uncorrected Proof" or "Review Copy" on the front.  Is it safe to assume that it is not an ARC?  Thanks for your help.  Kris

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 12:33 PM ET
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Is it a full book?  Some of these are actually excerpts, maybe the first five chapters.  It might be an ARC.  But it could also be a free copy that was given out, such as at a convention. 
 

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 2:35 PM ET
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I think it's amazon that does this with their self published works, you can have that put on the first page when you get a review copy. I'd not assume it would be a FINAL copy, or one that could be swapped.  All the words might be there or there could be a few changes.
I've a writer friend who got a review copy from xlibris with Sample sticker over the barcode, she had a few changes made so it was not the same as the 'published' copy.

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 8:27 PM ET
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The wording is different, but "sample" does sound like it may not be the final version of the book and therefore an ARC.

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 8:51 PM ET
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I have gotten free "sample"' books from children's bookclubs.......those are all FULL books, same as the ones you can buy.  It's just they sent out free copies to folks who met their demographic and who regularly purchase books or already belong to a book buying club.

Kris H. (KrisH) - ,
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 9:25 PM ET
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Thanks for the input.  Would it be within PBS standards to post the book and when it was requested let the person know what the book says and let them decide if they want it?  I'm assuming if it was an actual ARC, the person who sent to me would have let me know.

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 9:43 PM ET
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Please do not assume this.  Not everyone is aware of ARCS, let alone that PBS does not permit them.  I know our library FOL gets ARCs donations.  I assume that someone in publishing knows what a review copy is, but not the general public.

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 1:24 PM ET
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Probably the best bet would be to try offering it in the book bazaar first with all of the information.  Good luck.