ARC question! Help!

08 April 2010

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Can I let a friend read an ARC?


My friend Deniz, from Best Manga's And Their Reviews, is reading Shiver. I told her I was reading my ARC of Linger, and she really wants to borrow it, but I'm unsure if I'm allowed to or not. Any advice anyone?

14 thoughts:

  1. Hmm.. I'm not familiar with ARCs at all so I can't give you a positive answer. But I do believe that some people host giveaways for ARCs after they've read it, so I guess it's okay to pass it on once you're done.

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  2. I think it wont be a problem unless you sell it or something like that.

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  3. I have never really thought of it, but with ARC tours and ARC giveaways out there, I think it's okay.

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  4. Yep pretty sure it's allowed, as long as your not selling it, the more people that know about it, read it and review it before it comes out to get the buzz going the better I think - with all the review ARC Tours - it's cool! :)

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  5. I don't really see a problem with it. I mean, technically, the ARC is yours, right? I also made this a part of my review policy- that I may let fellow bloggers borrow it. If a publisher isn't comfortable in letting me do this, then I will happily abide by their wishes.

    I could be wrong, but that's how I see it. Maybe someone who gets ARCs more regularly would be able to help- I'd ask on twitter!! Good luck!

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  6. Umm...I'm seriously clueless about ARCs. But I think it should be okay. I mean, it is yours, and it's not like your friend is going to sell it...so yeah.

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  7. Unless the publisher specifically says not to, then I share my ARCs with friends. I've never had an issue with it, but if you have any question, I would ask the publisher/publicist/author that sent you the book to make sure it's okay.

    Also, I know a couple of the ARC tour sites ask permission before the book goes on tour, just to be on the safe side!

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  8. You are more than welcome to lend her your ARC. Usually publishers and authors love as many reviews as possible and since she's a fellow blogger, it works. As long as you trust her, I don't see a problem. I loan ARCs out to my friends all the time :P

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  9. I've received ARCs from giveaways so I think passing them on to other readers is not a problem.

    I think eyebrow are raised at people selling ARCs on ebay.

    Giving an honest review somewhere would be a good way to 'repay' the author for the ARC - after all that is the reason they are given out.

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  10. I have no idea, but I would think that it's okay. Like other people said, a lot of people are giving away ARCs in contests, so there really isn't a big difference between letting a person borrow it or giving it away.

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  11. I wouldn't. I treasure my Arc's and not everyone is as careful with their books as I am.

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  12. As long as the publisher hasn't told you otherwise, I'm sure it's fine. We give them away for contests so it should be no problem.

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  13. I am sure if the publisher didn't tell you explicitly not to let anyone else read it, then you can. The way I see it, the publisher wants as many people to read and review the book as possible!

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  14. Sometimes an author will request that you don't let anyone else read it, but if they don't say anything, it should be fine to lend it out as long as you don't sell it.

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