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Subject: Promotional Copies of Books postable?
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 5:22 PM ET
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I have a book that is not an ARC but a promotional copy of a book.  It was sent to me free when I orderded something from Timberdoodle.  On the back of the book it says Promotional Edition Not For Resale.  Book is in like new condition.

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 9:32 PM ET
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I got a free promotional book (through a B&N order) that was just the pilot episode script for a new tv show. It had an ISBN and everything. It wasn't listed here anywhere, so I assumed it couldn't be swapped. I just threw it away.

Maybe if yours is an actual book that is in the system you could offer it in the book bazaar. Sounds a bit like an ARC just under a different title.

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 9:55 PM ET
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At the book conferences, there are a number of promotional books given away.  As long as it is the full book with an ISBN, I can't see why not.  The help docs specifically state that the sample chapter promotion books are not allowed. 

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 11:00 PM ET
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I've been volunteering in our school library, entering donated books into the system.  I've run across several that were promotional copies printed for some event or another.  The most recent was a copy of the US Consititution & another document by Phillips Conoco for the bi-centenial.  Several were classics such as Catcher In The Rye. 

A few years ago, a popular PNR author had a short novella printed and given away with a book purchase (or some other promotional offer)...it became quite a hot ticket.  It's listed with an ISBN and swapped here at PBS.

As mentioned above, as long as they are the final version of the book they should be postable.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 8:20 AM ET
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If it says "Not for Resale" I would treat it as an ARC and not post it. You can post these in the Book Bazaar and ask for a credit there. However, before you do anything, let me check with other Tour Guides. I checked in the Help Center and couldn't find this. Better safe than sorry.

It's the "not for resale" part that has me checking this out.



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Date Posted: 6/27/2010 8:35 AM ET
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Here's a post regarding a book marked 'complimentary promotional copy' with a response from pbs . 

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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.

Thank you for being a Charter Member of the best book club in America. Please tell everyone who enjoys reading about our club, because the more members we have the more books for everyone to trade!

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The PaperBackSwap Team

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 3:40 PM ET
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Always interesting info posted in this forum, thanks everyone!

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 4:55 PM ET
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I recommend looking the book over carefully for small print about the content having been altered.  I receive books from the Harlequin Ambassador program and they're usually edited. I couldn't post them in good conscience.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 6:23 PM ET
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I think the deal breaker question is "is there an ISBN on the book?"

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 8:08 PM ET
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Which would you consider a deal breaker? A promotional copy with an ISBN or without one?

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 10:20 PM ET
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IIRC, ARC's are unpostable because they may not be the final copy...edits are still possible, even major re-writes.  From what I've heard, the 'Not for Resale' is only binding on people, reviewers, bookstores, etc. under contract to the publisher.   I've seen lots of ARC's for resale at the UBS.

As for ISBN, there's many legitimate books in the system without...both older titles and even a few newer titles (for one reason or another).

If a complimentary book is posted under a short ISBN, it would be the requester's job to research or ask if the book is edited or abridged (if it matters to them) same as any other book.  Awhile back I was thinking of ordering a copy of Anne of Green Gables, there's bunches of editions in print and many of them are abridged to some degree or another (rather mind boggling actually). 



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