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Subject: Complimentary Copy?
Date Posted: 1/22/2008 3:35 PM ET
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I received a book from a publisher today that has got a decent wish list on it. It's not something I'm interested in reading so I'd like to post it. However it has a sticker on the front that says "Complimentary Copy." NOWHERE on the book does it say that it is an ARC nor does it look like one. If I could get the sticker off, I wouldn't even worry about it - but I can't.

So I'd like to know whether others here think this book is postable?

Edited to add: Actually what the sticker says is "Complimentary copy, please send me a copy of your review - thanks." with the name of the publisher's agent on it.  And there is a second sticker with her email address on it.

However according to the paperwork that came with it, it IS a final copy of the book - the publisher's agent apparently stuck the stickers on it herself before mailing it out.

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Date Posted: 1/22/2008 3:37 PM ET
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I believe I just read that those are not postable here.  I think they are like ARCs

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 3:53 PM ET
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Is it an already published copy of the book or is it something that is not out yet? I'd think if it was just a free copy of what is sold in stores it would be OK per PBS rules. If it is a copy sent out in advance of the actual publication, I'd be hesitant to post it. I think it needs the words advanced reader copy (ARC) or unedited on it to fall under the no ARC rule.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 4:08 PM ET
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Does it have an ISBN# that matches what's on WL.  I would think that this is not an ARC. It would say Advanced Reader's Copy or Proof on it somewhere. 

If the book is already published w/that ISBN then I would say it's ok.  If you are worried about the sticker-you could post in Book Bazaar what you book you have and the info about the sticker. Most likely someone will want it anyway and you can post it right to their WL. 

What book is it BTW?

Subject: complimentary copy
Date Posted: 1/22/2008 4:49 PM ET
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Any sticker on a book, DVD or CD can be removed easily with a hair dryer aimed close to the label. The heat melts the glue. Pull the sticker off as you apply the heat.   This  also works for bumper stickers on cars. Try it.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 5:39 PM ET
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Mary's suggestion is a good one.  ARCs are generally paperbacks that share an ISBN with a hardcover edition of the same title.  So if yours is a paperback, and the ISBN brings up a hardcover listing on this site, you can be pretty sure it's an ARC.  If yours is paperback and the ISBN on this site brings up a paperback listing, then it was just a free copy of a published book.  You can check the publication date, too.  If you received it before the publication date, there might be a problem with it.  But given the paperwork that came with the book, it sounds like a final copy.


Date Posted: 1/23/2008 11:58 AM ET
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FYI, Amazon includes the release date for books.  If you search there, you don't even have to look at the full record for the book.  You will also see the type of binding right next to the date.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 1:38 PM ET
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Was it something sent to you in particular in exchange for writing a review?  It sounds like it isn't actually an ARC, but a real copy of the book that has been sent to you for free with the understanding that you will write a review. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 2:29 PM ET
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If it's a finished copy of the book, and it's legally yours, then I don't see why on earth you wouldn't be allowed to post it.  Sounds like it was a gift or payment in exchange for a review.  When I reviewed books, I often got finished books as well as ARCs.  I would try removing the sticker so as not to confuse the next person, but I say post it.