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Subject: why no ARC?
Date Posted: 7/7/2011 5:32 PM ET
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Pardon me for asking but why are no Advanced Readers Copies allowed to be posted?

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 5:36 PM ET
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From the Help Center:

What is an ARC?


An ARC  (Advance 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 'Advance 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: 7/7/2011 5:36 PM ET
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ARC copies are sometimes not the final copy of the story.  At times there are edits done between the ARC and the final print. 

That said, if you have an ARC of a WL book, you can post in the ARC thread in the Book Bazaar that you have the book and would like a credit for sending it.  If I recall correctly, the book still can't be posted but the requestor could buddy you the credit and give you his/her address so that you can send the book. The first post of the linked thread above contains the rules for posting in that thread.

Last Edited on: 7/7/11 5:40 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/15/2011 11:50 PM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
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ARCs aren't retail books that were bought & paid for, they were promotional and cannot be resold. They're marked as freebies so nobody can profit-which includes trading them here.

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 12:48 AM ET
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Retail status is not the reason ARC's are not allowed FIFO, see Sally's post for the official scoop. 

At one time I was informed that the 'not for resale' is only binding if you have a written agreement with the publisher...presumably so reviewers and resale outlets that receive bunches of them cannot sell them for profit.

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 8:38 AM ET
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Yes, I'm pretty sure that freebies aren't illegal to re-sell - even if the publisher doesn't want them sold. You can endanger your relationship with the publisher, but that's all. There are laws about a lot of things, but few that declare that a particular item can't be sold between individuals.

Promotional books of various types (maybe not ARCs, I don't know) end up on the shelves of used book stores, including the larger ones that wouldn't accept them if they weren't legal to sell.