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Subject: Not sure about book I just received
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:23 PM ET
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I just received a book today in the mail and I'm not really sure, but I think it's one that shouldn't have been posted.  It's in great shape but it says Advanced Uncorrected Proofs  across the bottom of it.  On the back of the book it says Advance Reader's Edition.  Not For Sale.  Please Do Not Quote For Publication Until You Check Your Copy Against The Finished Book.

This is the first time I have ever seen a book like this before.  The other strange thing is, the person who sent it also put business cards inside for BookMooch.  On the inside cover is a piece of paper taped on it with bookcrossing id numbers.

What do I do?  I haven't logged in that I received it yet.


Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:25 PM ET
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It's an ARC and not postable to FIFO. 


ETA - you reply with RWAP - because it isn't a real book (aat least not the finished copy)

Last Edited on: 6/18/09 10:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:26 PM ET
Member Since: 3/22/2009
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No, that should not have been posted on a bookshelf.


An ARC  (Advanced Reader Copy)  is an advance release of a book, usually sent to reviewers before the final copy of the book is published.

  • Advance Reader Copies are also known as Review Copies, or Uncorrected Proofs.
  • They are softcover books and often carry the same ISBN as the hardcover first-edition that is released later.
  • On the cover, they will be marked 'Advanced Reader Copy' or 'Uncorrected Proof' or 'Review Copy' and will usually also say 'Not for Sale'.

ARCs cannot be Posted to a PBS Bookshelf for swapping, since the ARC cannot be depended upon to contain the same story/text as the published book.

  • If you send an ARC, the requestor will probably contact you to ask for the credit back.
    • You will need to do this.
    • You are asked to confirm for each book you Post that it is not an ARC.  If you posted an ARC you broke the rules. 
  • If you receive an ARC, you should mark it received as a Wrong Book and send a message to the sender asking for your credit back.
    • You should NOT repost an ARC (or any problem book) if you receive one.
  • The receiver of an ARC is not required to return the item; she or he may agree to do so if the sender sends postage for the item's return.  This is the case with all problem books: the requestor receiving them is not obligated to spend postage to return them.
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:42 PM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2008
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Okay, I went into my account and marked it rwap, but I mistakenly hit the tab for "not meeting requester conditions" instead of "wrong book".  I don't have any RC's on my account.   I did explain that the book was an ARC in the block to be sent to the sender.  What should I do?

Thanks again.

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:52 PM ET
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Well, at this point I would send a note to the PBS team (did you mention this in the part at the bottom that PBS reads?) about your mistake.


Date Posted: 6/18/2009 11:39 PM ET
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Just to add:

"the person who sent it also put business cards inside for BookMooch.  On the inside cover is a piece of paper taped on it with bookcrossing id numbers." These would both be marked as received normally. The BM advertising is annoying and breaks the PBS "no advertising of the competition" rules, but is not an official problem to be marked when receiving. I'd maybe comment on it in the box for additional info for PBS. Bookcrossing labels are fine.

Hopefully you asked for your credit back. ARCs cannot be posted here and senders shouldn't be allowed to keep credits on books that clearly do not meet the posting requirements on PBS.

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 11:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Your book is an ARC and not postable FIFO.  ARC's may be offered for credit or freebie in the forum threads only.

Refer to the transaction number, and pm PBS with the details.

vic8 -
Date Posted: 6/19/2009 10:32 PM ET
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I got a book recently with a Bookmooch card in it too. Besides which it was in terrible condition. It went RWAP right away.....and I DO resent the advertising.
Date Posted: 6/19/2009 10:57 PM ET
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I didn't even know what a ARC was but I found out JUST in the nick of time!

Someone had requested one of my books. I was reading a thread on here somewhere and they were discussing ARC's and  then it dawned on me... I remember seeing something like advanced something on this book. So I checked and OMGosh it was ! So I had to PM the person and see if they still wanted the book and if so, they could choose another book off my list for their credit and they'd get the ARC for free.

That was too close for me.

Date Posted: 6/20/2009 9:53 AM ET
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Well, I marked it RWAP and sent a pm explaining it is an ARC and requesting my credit back.  The other member responded that she wants the book back to send to someone else from another site who is requesting it.  I pm'd back that I would mail it back but want reimbursed for postage.  I haven't heard back from her yet and still haven't received my credit back.  It has been a day now since I last heard from her.  What should I do now? 

Date Posted: 6/20/2009 4:54 PM ET
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Since it's the weekend, she might not check PBS at all, so I wouldn't worry until Monday. In my neck of the woods, there were several high school graduations scheduled for this weekend, and it is father's day weekend, so PBS might be the last thing on her priority list this weekend.

I'd wait until Monday, then PM her again and mention that if you don't receive your credit back by (fill-in-a-date), you will have to mark the problem "unresolved."