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Subject: What are ARCS books???
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 1:56 PM ET
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Sorry but I am a newbie.....who is real slow!!

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 2:23 PM ET
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I had the same question when i started. It stands for Advanced Readers Copy. (ARC). it is released to a handful of people before the final print of a book is put out. On here, they can not be posted, but can be offered for free with any order! I have one now on BookBazaar up for the taking.

Don't feel bad about Q's. I asked tons when i started. Oh and DH=husband, DD=daughter. and so on... that was my next question when i started after the ARC

Welcome to PBS. I love it here and hope you will too!

Megan

ETA:  i would have ordered the wally lamb and maeve binchy books on your shelf if i didn't already have them myself. You should also check out the Romance/harlequin forum too!



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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 2:29 PM ET
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Thank you for your help and your advice!!  On my way to check them out!!

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 8:07 PM ET
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I don't really understand why we can't swap them, a book is a book.
Date Posted: 10/14/2007 12:10 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/14/2007 4:22 PM ET
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Great explanation, Pam. Thanks! Do they look like a regular book? How would you know if you got one in a swap?
Date Posted: 10/14/2007 6:50 PM ET
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I wasn't sure what that was was eather. I saw one at a garage sale. It said on the inside cover that it was  ARC book. The cover looked the same.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 1:00 PM ET
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 I have several friends who are published authors, and I get lots of ARC books. I've never offered them in trade (wouldn't want to, these are my friends!) BUT, I don't understand the swap prohibition with no money involved.

I've never seen any significant differences at all.

The biggest difference I've noticed is that sometimes the cover design might vary very slightly, like having different, or not as many, blurbs from other writers.



Last Edited on: 10/17/07 1:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/29/2007 4:10 PM ET
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For those that asked.

ARC's CAN look like regular paperback books, usually they say clearly on them they are ARC. BUT some dont have the cover, or inside art. (I do recall one childrens book coming through that had "picture goes here" every few pages."

Some ARC's we have gotten are just white covers with the titel and author printed on it.

Ive seen a few that the actually chapters are different titles, paragraphs have been missing or names (main characters) misspelt.  

I have heaps of ARC's at home and need to sort through them and get rid of the ones I didnt like.

All ARC's have some blurb in the front saying they are uncorrected proofs and they aren't for sale.  If you are unsure you can always take them to a library or book store and ask.

If I was a book collector and I got one of these instead of a 1st edition (and I have) I would be very annoyed. These books arent 1st editions so just be aware of that fact. There is a large gathering of fans that now want ARC's . (seriously who wouldnt want to giggle over all the mistakes in a stephen king novel?  I know I have..LOL).