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Subject: Is a "free" book....
Date Posted: 3/6/2011 7:35 PM ET
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different than an ARC?  It doesn't say anywhere on the cover that it's an ARC, just that it's a "free" copy.

Date Posted: 3/6/2011 8:00 PM ET
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Personally, I probably wouldn't post it because I'd be concerned that it may not be the final complete book but here's a post regarding a book marked 'complimentary promotional copy' with a response from pbs . 


The reply from pbs was:

Yes, you may post a complimentary copy of a book. This does not sound like an ARC, which could not be posted.

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Date Posted: 3/6/2011 9:32 PM ET
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I'd post it.  A free or complimentary copy is not the same as an ARC.

Date Posted: 3/6/2011 10:17 PM ET
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Unless it says it's an Advance Reader Copy or Uncorrected Proof, it's probably fine to post.  Lots of books are issued as free copies for one reason or another, but as long as it's a "final" version, it's ok to post.

Date Posted: 3/7/2011 12:59 PM ET
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I would check the copyright page for a notice saying the book differs from the original. (Very common in Harlequin freebies, which are often edited.) If it has one, I personally would not in good conscience post it.

Date Posted: 3/8/2011 1:52 PM ET
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I'd assume a "free" book is like ones that sometimes come in kids' meals at fast food restaurants or sent as a "premium" for buying diapers or cereal--- or given as a promotional item at a community event (like literacy projects often do). I would expect an imprint on the book, possibly the cover, stating the name of a product vendor who paid for the printing of the book (such as Huggies or Pampers for a potty training book).