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Topic: NOT an ARC, But An Introductory Book - Postable?

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Subject: NOT an ARC, But An Introductory Book - Postable?
Date Posted: 5/30/2009 6:02 PM ET
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I'm going through my books and purging a bunch and found one by an author who is popular at the romance forum; there are only 2 copies of one of her books in the system - the copy I found this afternoon, and which I'd like to post if possible, is an "introductory copy" which Harlequin and Silhouette subscribers received for free when they joined the subscription service. Can this book be posted?

Found 4 WL books I can post today - I should purge my collection more often.


Date Posted: 5/30/2009 7:15 PM ET
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I don't know if this book is like that but I recently requested and received a book that I thought was an anthology of romance authors. I thought I was getting 4 short stories or novellas or something like that. What I got was 4 excerpts from 4 novels. It didn't have an isbn and I didn't realize it until I went to read it. I tossed it and I am not inflicting this on someone else. I would say if your book has excerpts don't post. If it's a complete story that's different.


Date Posted: 5/30/2009 7:55 PM ET
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Yes, it's definitely the full-length Intimate Moments title, not an excerpt, it just doesn't have all the advertising pages at the back, and the back cover doesn't have the bar code and ISBN (which is on the copyright page); it's just a freebie with no price on it. I must have gotten it when I started subscribing to the Intimates back in the mid 1990s.


Date Posted: 5/30/2009 9:56 PM ET
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Here's a post regarding complimentary copies of books with a response directly from pbs . I would assume that introductory copies are treated the same as complimentary copies but that's just my opinion.


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: 5/30/2009 10:03 PM ET
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If it's one of the free books they send you for subscribing to get their books in the mail, it's certainly postable.  You should find the ISBN on the back of the title page.  These introductory books are usually reprints of some past popular titles or even a new story from a popular author in that line.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 2:55 AM ET
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IIRC, the reason ARC's are not postable is that there is no guarantee they are the final version of the book.   At the time they are published, corrections, edits, and re-writes are still possible.

A full length (not excerpt) introductory or complimentary book would not have that issue, and therefore should be postable.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 6:07 AM ET
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Thanks, everyon. I will post the book. I have a feeling I may already have a regular copy of it somewhere in the house and if I find it I'll just switch it with the complimentary copy. I'm slowly cataloguing my books - slowly being the key word. I'd really like to know where my books are so I don't have to tear the house apart looking for a particular book, but on the other hand I'd rather be reading. Too many books, that's the problem.

Thanks again ~ Gail