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Subject: How do you tell if a book is an ARC?
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 1:26 PM ET
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I have a friend who has recently signed up to be a book reviewer. He doesn't trade books, so he said that I could have them after he's finished. The first book on his list is The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By, which I'll be posting after I read it (assuming that it's not an ARC).

He's given me the book. However, he said that some of the books that he reviews will be ARCs. I know what an ARC is. I know they can't be posted here. However, I'm not sure that I've ever seen one before, so I'm not sure how to tell the difference. I've checked the front and back covers, inside the front and back covers, the title page, the ISBN page and the introduction. Nowhere does it say anything about the book being an ARC. Is there anywhere else that I should check?

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 2:10 PM ET
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That sounds to me like a real book. I'm not an expert but I've seen a few ARCS and have a few.  From what I've seen they usually say Uncorrected Proof or Advanced Reader's Copy somewhere pretty obvious.  Also all the ones I've seen have had the publising info on the back. By that I mean they say something like: For information on this book please contact so and so at xxx publishing with the address and a bunch of phone numbers very prominantly on the back cover.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 2:15 PM ET
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Is this a hardcover book? If so then it is not an ARC.

Look for the words, not for sale somewhere on it, or Uncorrected bound proof.
I would say most will state that it is an uncorrected copy somewhere on the front, back or inside covers.
As well as a publishing date IE coming out in August 09.
Title page may have the blurb about it being an ARC or proof and that any quotes should be checked with a finished copy.

If you cant find anything like this then its the published book.
I do reviews for Thomas Nelson and have yet to get an ARC from there, all have been finished/published copies.
Seems to be the trend atm to send out real copies rather then ARCs.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 2:18 PM ET
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I've heard that the marking can be subtle ... but I have never heard that it is absent.

I think that if you have examined the front and back covers (and spine) carefully, and it doesn't say "Advanced Readers Copy" or "Uncorrected Proof" or some other wording that you could interpret the same way, you are probably pretty good.

Also, like Mary said, all the ones that I have seen do have the authors info printed on it ... like their agents name and how to contact them, etc.

I'm not an expert either .... that's just the ones that I have seen

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 2:19 PM ET
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It's not a hardcover, but the book is a paperback book. I wouldn't expect it to be a hardcover.

I haven't been able to find anything like either one of you described. I'm going to assume it's a regular book unless I come across something when I'm reading it.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 2:27 PM ET
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Tim- really if there is nothing in small print on the front, back or inside (last and first 3 pages) then it is a normal book.  Somewhere it has to state its not for sale and not a corrected proof or finished copy.  I see these all the time, I work in a library and we get around 50 a year. Never seen one yet that does not have it on the front or back cover with publisher details. I picked one up to study it and now it seems I have another book to read..LOL

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 3:12 PM ET
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I'm going to assume it's not an ARC since it doesn't say anywhere that it is one. And, my friend didn't say it was one just that some of them will be ARCs. I'm just overly cautious.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 4:46 PM ET
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I have seen a hardcover ARC at a used book store. In the back where the ISBN and bar code would usually be, were the words Advanced Reader Copy.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 6:04 PM ET
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I once had what I believe to have been a "promotional copy", for lack of a better term. It had its own ISBN, different from the regular (final) book, with a slightly different cover. It had been posted here just before the release date of the heavily wishlisted regular book, appearing when I went to WL the book as being immediately available.

There was nothing about "ARC" or "Uncorrected Proof" etc., but Googling that ISBN resulted in no hits at all, with tons for the regular paperback. Like some sort of secret, mystery edition.

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Date Posted: 7/2/2009 6:17 PM ET
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I've only seen one ARC and it was the size of a hardcover but had a soft cover.  On the front and back covers it said Advanced Reader Copy.  Not in big letters but you couldn't miss it.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 8:33 PM ET
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I just took look at Mr. Caviglia's giant stack of ARCs and every one of them was clearly marked on the front of the book.  If you don't see anything on your book, I'm sure you're fine.  Also - about half the books in The Pile (Mr.C works for a major newspaper and brings home lots and lots of unwanted books) are regular non-ARCs that were sent to be reviewed.