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Subject: Do ARCs have an ISBN # inside?
Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:16 AM ET
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I have library discard of The Beatrice Letters but inside the cover by the ISBN it says, "(trade bdg)".

When I put the ISBN in the database it pulls the hardback edition and mine is soft cover. The cover is different also. How can I tell if this an ARC? There are 18 people wishing for it. I'd like to make someone happy by posting it.

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:18 AM ET
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They do have ISBN's sometimes and usually say ARC or advanced readers copy on them somewhere.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 2:03 AM ET
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There is a book club that does paperbacks of HBs.  They use the same ISBNs as the HBs. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 2:05 AM ET
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If there's nothing on it that says it's an ARC, I don't think there's any reason to think it is one. Perhaps they use that term when they reuse an ISBN for a trade paperback.  I don't think you can post it under that ISBN though, would have to make a separate listing for it.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 2:30 AM ET
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If it is not an ARC and you list it with a short PBS number, be sure to put a tag on the WL version.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 12:20 PM ET
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I doubt a library discard would be an ARC, but since the binding doesn't match you cannot post it to the ISBN anyway, you have to use the  no-ISBN posting process and/or offer it in your siggy or the Bazaar.  It is not uncommon for an ISBN to be issued in more than one binding.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 3:07 PM ET
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You can't count on a library discard not being an ARC, sometimes libraries add them to their collection. (A very controversial decision, but that's besides the point.)  But publishers don't hide the fact that a book is an ARC, they want people to be aware that it's not the finished book.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 3:45 PM ET
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ALL ARC's I have seen will state somewhere on the back or front cover that it is an Advance reading copy or uncorrected proof.

Mostly all of them have ISBN's. I would say two of the seventy odd I have seen in the last eighteen months had no ISBN.

Trade bdge just means it is trade size book reusing the HB ISBN. This is normally for library cataloging reasons or letting the buyers know.

I think all ARCs somewhere state they are not he final copy and to compare it to the published copy before you quote parts of it.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Thanks for all the replies.