The Independent Book Publishers Association has decided to take punitive action against members who sell ARCs or galleys. PMA board member Steve Carlson acknowledged that online booksellers may have the legal right to offer the galleys but that the sale of them was in contravention to the best interests of the independent presses. PMA discontinued the discount for fees selling books through AbeBooks “which lists approximately 200,000 galleys and other ARCs for sale.”
Scott Laming, a spokesperson for Abe, said that it won’t change its policies and so long as the bookseller has the right to sell the book, Abe won’t dictate to its booksellers what to sell. Carlson acknowledged that “most publishers are resigned to the fact that review copies will be sold online as part of the price of doing business” the sale could hurt the reputation of the publisher and the author because a galley or review copy often has errors.
This is one reason I wish that publishers would move to e review copies. The staggering waste of paper and postage and the fear of sales could be eliminated through the use of e review copies.
Via Publisher’s Weekly.