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Subject: How to get ARC's?
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 7:52 PM ET
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How do people get them?

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 12:38 AM ET
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Usually you get an ARC by entering contests, posting on said author's blog for giveaways, or signing up for advanced reader programs on your favorite authors if they are available. Sometimes in used book stores, you can find a few also. Looking for an ARC on any particular author? Coming up I'll be having a giveaway on my blog  for an ARC of "Any Given Doomsday" by Lori Handeland if your interested. SInce your on my buddy list already, I'll be PMing you with details soon.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 12:40 AM ET
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I saw that available on eBay earlier.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 3:11 AM ET
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You can get them in a variety of places. I recently got Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland from the publisher.  They gave out a thousand of them. I've also gotten a few others this way by simply being the "first few or what-have-you" to answer an e-mail asking if I wanted one. Most of those are generated through Shelfari. 

If you work in a bookstore they have tons, tons they get every month.  Employees have access to those pretty regularly for their own perusal.

One of our editors is a book reviewer - he gets several a month to review so then he'll let us borrow/have them if we want.

Many used bookstores have tons of them. One I frequent in San Francisco has several shelves of them. I volunteer at our Friends of the Library and we get them as well - also through donations.

So they pop up here and there.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 3:52 PM ET
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I've gotten a few from contests, but mainly I get them from the publisher to review, I also get them from being in the Amazon Vine program. Save for getting them second-hand and contests you usually get them because they want you to review them somewhere- though a lot of authors who give them away at contests appreciate online reviews too. :)

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 6:23 PM ET
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I personally do reviews for Romance Junkies.com, and I get a lot of mine that way.  I actually have 2 reviews that I have to write, and they are probably late by now...ahh...thanks for reminding me guys!  eugh.  You can also go to writerspace.com, and they have contests through a lot of authors where you can get signed copies of books, ARCs, shirts, magnets, and gift cards.  I've already won a signed copy of a book and a magnet for Barbara Bretton's newest release, Casting Spells.  I then went to my review site and got the ARC for Casting Spells, great book by the way.  That reminds me of something else too, ahhh.

 

Jenni

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 7:49 PM ET
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i review for Fallen Angel Reviews and a few other places. I also get them from the publisher, like the new Lori Handeland book.  Or win them in author contests.  I also get several directly from the author, met them in online chats hit it off and they started sending them to me.  As a matter of fact the last one i got from an author was an unbound galley printed off of her computer.  It was 6 months ahead of the publication date.

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 3:41 PM ET
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last night i started wondering, are ARCs always the finished copy of the book, just out early for review?  or is there a chance little things can change between the ARC and the real release? 

my local UBS recently bought a bunch of ARCs, including at least one book on my WL, but so far i'm hesitant to buy one.  partly though, this is because the paper is just so blindingly white in the ARCs i've seen that i think i'd have trouble reading.

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 3:44 PM ET
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From what I can tell they're the finished book just an advanced copy of the book.

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 7:59 PM ET
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I have an ARC of "Any Given Doomsday" and the ISBN #, when checked (on the ARC), shows the same book cover. I may have to check on the "regular" book, when it comes out.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 3:07 PM ET
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I review for Enchanting Reviews. That is how I get my ARC's. As far as I know there are two different kinds of ARC books. One is just an early copy of the book. It usualy has the correct cover and is a normal binding, those are distributed for publicity. THe other kind of ARC is an unedited version that is given to book reviewers months ahead of time. This copy is on a super thin paper with only a thin cardstock cover with no picture. These are usualy full of spelling and grammer errors and the story can change ever so slightly. Usually it is just a sentence being rewriten. I personaly do not mind ARC, books, but I never know what to do with them afterwords. You can't sell them, or rather you should not sell them as it is posted on the covers not for resale, but I hate to just throw them away. I have several just sitting around my house right now.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 3:37 PM ET
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Thanks, Jennifer for explaining the 2 ARC types. I have the first type (early publicity), so if anyone wants this ARC book, "Any Given Doomsday" by Handeland, pm me. TAKEN



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