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Topic: "Promotional Purposes" - always an ARC?

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Subject: "Promotional Purposes" - always an ARC?
Date Posted: 7/6/2011 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2007
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I just finished reading a book and went to post it, on the back it says "This book is for promotional purposes only and is not for sale." I checked over it with a fine-toothed comb and nowhere does it say anything else that might indicate that it is an ARC. This is the only thing. But does this mean it is an ARC or would there be any other reason it says this on the back?

It is isbn 0143005448 which comes up in the system as a paperback, and this is a paperback. I read that ARCs have isbn numbers of the 1st edition hardcover. So, not the case here.

Just wondering if I shouldn't post it. If there is any doubt, I'd rather not risk it, but thought I'd check.



Date Posted: 7/6/2011 4:38 PM ET
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It sounds like it was used as a freebie to get someone (bookstore, etc) to buy copies of the book.  I looked in the help docs and could only find that promotional "first chapter" books cannot be accepted as they aren't complete books.  Since you finished reading it, I am assuming that it is a full book.  If so and the ISBN comes up, I would think it's ok to swap.  ARCs can have more than 1 ISBN listed (all mine have a paperback and hardcover ISBN).  So if yours does not and the binding is coming up, I think it's ok.  But if you have doubt about it, then post it in the Book Bazaar.

Good luck.


Date Posted: 7/6/2011 4:51 PM ET
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Thanks Kellie!

A friend just asked to borrow it, I'm relieved lol. So I don't have to decide about posting it afterall, but I was curious anyway.

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 2:42 AM ET
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ARC's are not postable b/c changes can still be made to the text (so it may not be the final version).

No, not all promotional copies are ARC's.  If you research carefully and feel your book is the final edition, then yes it is postable. Just because it was offered as a 'free' copy at some point does not in itself make the book unpostable.   It's my understanding that 'Not for Resale' part only applies if you have a written agreement with the publisher...otherwise, nada.

If the book comes back from your friend  wink

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 7:28 AM ET
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I have occasionally seen books that are regular books packaged free in shrink wrap with another book, or that have a publisher's sticker saying something like, "Only 99cents when you purchase with _____ book." If it has an ISBN and is a complete book and doesn't say ARC, Uncorrected proof, etc. then it should be postable.