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Topic: What is a cleaved spine and what is ARC?

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Subject: What is a cleaved spine and what is ARC?
Date Posted: 1/2/2008 12:35 AM ET
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Can someone please tell me what a cleaved spine is and what ARC stands for?  Thanks.

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 12:39 AM ET
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ARC is Advanced Readers Copy. I don't know anything else about it!

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 1:02 AM ET
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cleaved spine is where the book is leaving the binding and you can see the inside binding.

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Cleaved - you open the book and when you thumb past a certain page it falls open to that page there is a separation between the pages....Instead of page 200 and 201 being closely bound to each other and the binding, there is a slight separation between the pages.

Debbie - ,
Date Posted: 1/2/2008 12:24 PM ET
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Hey thanks for the answers.  I appreciate it. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 12:37 PM ET
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Advanced Reader (Reading) Copy (a/k/a Uncorrected Proof) are paperback advance copies of new hardcovers sent out as promotional copies by the publisher; they are just that - uncorrected, NOT final, with some typos and possibly containing material that is edited (out) in the eventual "official" (hardcover) that hits the stores. They have the words ADVANCE READER COPY or UNCORRECTED PROOF on the labeI, and are often a funny size. I had never heard of them until joining here, but have run across them since at used bookstores. They "share" the same ISBN as the official hardcover.

They're not defectively riddled with errors, so you might want to check the Bazaar here to see who's offering deals on them (permitted here, just not outright posting by themselves). ARC copies there often have long waiting lists for the regular book if you just want to read it, and don't care about how it's printed (to keep).

 

Debbie - ,
Date Posted: 1/2/2008 9:47 PM ET
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Thanks John for the explanation.